Recording Britain

Locally based, Dr Graham Twemlow writes and lectures on design history and decorative arts subjects. An experienced speaker, he has given talks at venues such as the Royal Society of Arts, London, the Grolier Club, New York, Christie’s South Kensington, the River & Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and numerous other venues in the U.K.

At the outbreak of WW2 an ambitious scheme was set up to employ artists on the home front. The result was a large collection of watercolors and drawings that make up a fascinating record of British lives and landscapes at a time of imminent change. Graham’s talk will tell the story of this enterprising scheme and highlight the works that featured Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire landscapes and landmarks recorded by artists such as John Piper, Walter Bayes, Barbara Jones, Stanley Anderson and William Fairclough.

Many local scenes were recorded, including views of Henley, Stonor, Fingest, and Hurley.