The Bristol and Bath Art Book
The cities through the eyes of their artists

Edited by Emma Bennett

The Bristol and Bath Art Book
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Hardback, 128 pages £14.99
Published: 19th May 2022
ISBN: 9781912934218
Format: 196mm x 160mm

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Published: 19th May 2022
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Series: The city through the eyes of its artists

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The Bristol and Bath Art Book portrays two very different cities. The beautiful images in the book capture the breath-taking landscape of rivers, hills and gorges which they share, but also the cities’ sights that are so unique. Bristol is painted as busy, quirky and vibrant, where Bath glows in more tranquil hues. These important cities in the history of the world are intimately connected.

The river Avon that flows through both cities, gouges the spectacular Avon Gorge at Bristol, which is where its international maritime connections begin.

The regenerated old docks (the ’floating harbour’), Wapping Wharf and the quayside are lovingly depicted by various artists. Now that the main docks are outside the city, the harbour-side now bustles with shops, bars and offices, but there are still cranes to be seen at the M shed. Underfall boatyard remains a home to maritime businesses and is also pictured in this lovely book, along with pleasure craft and houseboats in the harbour.

John Cabot’s The Matthew is the ship that put America on the map. The reconstruction is depicted in drawings and paintings. She may have been a pirate ship at one time, too, as Bristol was the birthplace of Blackbeard and had a thriving piracy business.

From this Atlantic connection, the list of items traded expanded from wool, wine and grain to tobacco and alas, to slaves. The profits from this trade endowed many of the fine public monuments drawn and painted here. Like many places, Bristol is undertaking a new reckoning with its history.

The great engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge to span the deep Avon Gorge. In the book, there are many images of this vertiginous bridge: ringed by balloons, luminous in the gloaming, stark in the snow, or painted to resemble a cathedral arch from below. It is a much-loved, living monument to the great man.

His Great Western Railway terminus at Temple Meads features here in drawings and prints, along with his pioneering Bristol-built steamship, the SS Great Britain.

Crossing Brunel’s famous bridge over the Avon, you will find yourself in the tranquil Leigh woods, painted as a hotspot for bluebells in spring.

The old Railway Path, flat, traffic-free and lined with greenery, takes you from Bristol to Bath, where you will find more gorgeous parks: the Georgian garden in the town centre, Alexandra Park with panoramas of the city and the Botanical Gardens with its aerial walkway.

Bath is a UNESCO world heritage site because of its Roman remains and exquisite Georgian architecture. Its famous Roman Baths were built around a hot spring the Romans believed sacred to the Goddess Sulis and the city became a centre for health and an inspiration for artists.

Its 18th-century architecture: The Royal Crescent, The Circus, Pulteney Bridge and Assembly Rooms, are all examples of Bath’s heyday as a Georgian spa town and are featured in the art book in stunning paintings, drawings and collages.

They capture the Bath that Jane Austen would have known from her time in the city. Here, movies of some of her novels have been filmed, along with many other Regency era series e.g. the record-breaking series Bridgerton.

It's like being given a brilliant new set of eyes: seeing the familiar afresh.

- Adrian Scarborough, actor, ‘Pete’ in Gavin and Stacey

All my influential memories are Bristol/Bath, from Rock & Roll at the Colston Hall to a season ticket to Bristol Old Vic.

- Nick Brimble, actor, 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves', 'Grantchester'

I was brought up in Bristol and Bath and fell in love with the architecture and the hidden treasures in both cities. A great idea for a book.

- Stephanie Cole, actress, 'Tenko', 'Keeping Mum', 'Coronation Street'

Fresh, invigorating and inspiring.

- Sir Tony Robinson, author, actor and presenter of Time Team, ‘Baldrick’ in Blackadder

Truly stunning pictures of two of our most beautiful cities.

- Mark Strong, actor, '1917', 'Sherlock Holmes', 'Our Friends in the North'

Wonderfully unique and vivid studies of my vibrant hometown Bristol and its elegant neighbour Bath.

- Stephen Merchant, comedian, actor, TV presenter, director and writer

The creativity and skill of the artists in this book are both astonishing and inspirational.

- Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper, writers and actors of ‘This Country’

Fantastic images of two splendid cities.

- Dame Jacqueline Wilson, award-winning writer, 'Tracy Beaker', 'Hetty Feather'

Bristol and Bath in a beautiful book

Picturesque studies of both vista and nook.

I played in their theatres on many a night.

These page turning fancies of artistic high flight

And stunning renditions of colour and light

Believe me when I tell you, as tell you I do

This book that you’re holding, it’s well worth a look.

- Jeremy Irons, Oscar-winning actor

Emma Bennett

Emma is the editor of the city art book series. She is a collage artist, creating vibrant intricate hand-cut collage pictures using minute details. Her fascination with design and recycling leads to beautiful collages, as in the cover of this lovely book.

Publication Details:

Binding: Hardback, 128 pages
ISBN: 9781912934218
Format: 196mm x 160mm

Binding: Electronic book text, 128 pages
ISBN: 9781912934225
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  ARC024010, ART000000, TRV009070
Imprint: UIT Cambridge Ltd.

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