If you are interested in flowers, lakes, hills, stone, calligraphy, Wales, the early 1980s, Eng. Lit, BBC producers, exhibiting, weather, the Falklands, plaques, sculpture, art, friendship or life, this is the book for you. WYNN WHELDON
One of the leading artists in postwar Wales, Jonah Jones worked in many media but is especially remembered as a sculptor and maker of fine inscriptions, whether with a chisel or in watercolour.
In 1981–82 Jonah spent a year as Gregynog Fellow at the historic University of Wales conference and study centre in Gregynog Hall. One of his projects there was working with Eric Gee and David Vickers, the then and future Controllers of the Gregynog Press (Gwasg Gregynog), on the Lament for Llywelyn the Last book, for which he designed the title page.
Edited from the daily journal he wrote while at Gregynog, this book is full of witty personal insights into the working and private life and the sources of inspiration of one of Wales’s best-loved postwar artists. It is illustrated with over 50 superbly reproduced original sketches by Jonah, mostly in watercolour, of Gregynog, the landscape and daily details of life in Mid and North Wales, and experimental inscriptions.
This paperback version of a limited edition of 350 was designed by David Vickers for Gwasg Gregynog. It was printed in full colour on acid-free, cotton-rich mould-made paper by the award-winning fine-press specialists Northend Creative Print Solutions. The foreword was by Jonah’s wife, the writer Judith Maro, and the introduction by Wynn Wheldon, the son of the couple’s close friends Sir Huw and Lady Jacqueline (Jay) Wheldon. Each copy is individually hand-numbered.