The Creative Heritage of Yorkshire takes you on a tour of the county and shows you the diversity of creative work to be found beyond art galleries and museums.
The variety of creativity to be found in the county is as wide as its “broad acres”, and much of it is located in the most unexpected places. The book also covers the stories surrounding each subject, such as why and how it came to be where it is, as well as the people and history connected with it.
From prehistoric rock art, via Anglo-Saxon sculpture, medieval frescoes and 18th century painting, to quirky Victorian architecture, 21st century wood carvings and much, much more.If you enjoy art or history – or both, this book is not to be missed.
Representing all four corners of Yorkshire:
Chainsaw art - The Meltham Tree Sculpture : Meltham, near Holmfirth
The last thing you’d expect to see in a West Yorkshire mill town is a totem pole – but at first sight, that’s what you might think you’re looking at. However, it’s properly described as a tree sculpture and stands at the entrance to Meltham C of E Primary School. But it has definite parallels with a totem. Totems are carved from trees and have meanings, and so it is with this sculpture.
The Brick Bridge by Frederick Elwell R.A. – a playful twentieth century painting : The Guildhall, Beverley
The painting is very reminiscent of George Seurat’s The Bathers both in style and composition. The bridge creates a horizontal axis that partly curtails the far distant view, while the arch draws one into the painting. Beyond the open arch the features are blurred with merely a suggestion of what may exist. In the far distance the edge of town can be discerned, with the loosely defined trees and just a hint of buildings shown as pale dabs among the green of the trees.
A tiled floor and treasures from the nuns’ museum : The Bar Convent, York
…… When you enter, the first thing that your eyes are drawn to is the fine Victorian tiled floor. These bright, colourful tiles date from about 1870 and were made by Maw and Co shortly before the company had moved to Jackfield in Shropshire from Stoke.
…… . In the bottom lefthand corner is a breathtakingly lovely Spiritual Dial. Of all the artwork we’ve looked at while researching for this book, for me this was the most unusual. This small early eighteenth century work is made from a number of different materials, including straw, mica, paper, wood and metal gilt. It is decorated using ink and tempera. Think about the colour of a cornfield just before it is harvested, bathed in late afternoon sunshine, and that will give you some idea of the fragile colour and warmth of the Spiritual Dial.
Magnificent cut glass : Sheffield Town Hall
Some of the Council’s silver is lovely, but for me it is all eclipsed by the first thing you see – the Épergne.
It stands a good 18” high and is surmounted with a large central bowl of cut glass, which is fashioned to look like an open flower with more than a dozen large “petals”. There are three similar, smaller bowls surrounding it at a lower level. All the bowls are supported on elaborately engraved silver stems, with the design of the main central stem being made from three classical female figures. Three separate curved branches hold the smaller bowls. The whole thing stands on a silver tray-like base which has clawed feet to raise it a little.