Lovely is the Lee

Lovely is the Lee

by Robert Gibbings

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Readers of Robert Gibbings’ previous illustrated tales of river life such as “Sweet Thames Run Softly” (1940) and “Coming Down the Wye” (1942) will need no introduction to the unique style that this author uses to explore the people and places that he describes with warmth and affectionate good humour. But the real reason that his books have become so collectable is the delicate and evocative engravings with which he illustrates his subject.

In “Lovely is the Lee”, first published in 1945, Gibbings has never written with more ease and grace than in this exploration of the River Lee in Ireland. Here is the simple and ancient life which still exists in Ireland, centered in tiny villages in the southern and western part of the Irish Free State. Gibbings finds every part of that life absorbing. As a naturalist he is sensitive to the bird life of the western counties and islands, and describes with an accurate beauty these winged inhabitants.

Richly illustrated throughout with engravings by the author.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781787208711
Publisher: Borodino Books
Publication date: 01/12/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 209
File size: 14 MB
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About the Author

Robert Gibbings (23 March 1889 - 19 January 1958) was an Irish artist and prolific author. He was most noted for his work as a wood engraver and sculptor, and for his books on travel and natural history. Along with Noel Rooke, he was one of the founder members of the Society of Wood Engravers in 1920, and was a major influence in the revival of wood engraving in the twentieth century.

He was born in Cork into a middle-class family. His father, the Reverend Edward Gibbings, was a Church of Ireland minister. His mother, Caroline, was the daughter of Robert Day, Fellow of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland and president of The Cork Historical and Archaeological Society. He grew up in the town of Kinsale where his father was the rector of St. Multose Church.

He studied medicine for three years at University College Cork before deciding to persuade his parents to allow him to take up art. He studied under the painter Harry Scully in Cork and later at the Slade School of Art and the Central School of Art and Design.

During the First World War he served in the Royal Munster Fusiliers and was wounded at Gallipoli in the Dardanelles, was invalided out and resumed his studies in London.

In 1919 he married Moira Pennefather, daughter of Lieutenant Colonel Edward Graham Pennefather from Tipperary, with whom he had four children, Patrick (1920), Brigid (1923) and Lawrence and Finnbar (1927).

Gibbings dominated the period of the modern wood engraving revival in Britain, both by the longevity of his artistic career, and its significance. He was at the centre of all the developments in wood engraving, from the cubist engravings of his vanishing line period to the traditional landscape based engravings of the river books. He ran the Golden Cockerel Press at the period when it shaped the concept of the wood engraved book.

Robert Gibbings passed away in 1958 at the age of 68.

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