Picks and Pans Review: Britain

updated 10/24/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/24/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by David Gentleman

A beautiful book of pen-and-ink and watercolor sketches, this volume shows Gentleman to be a facile and stylish illustrator. The title page is a green wash of fields with Stonehenge on the horizon, while most of the rest of the landscape is filled with cars and tour buses. London is shown in the facades of a row of Victorian houses and an ethereal glass palace housing palm trees in Kew Gardens. Wales is stone viaducts, chapels and romantic castles. East Anglia is farming and markets and Cambridge spires in a sky of gray-blue. The north country has an "industrial wasteland" (in Gentleman's version, it's pretty, too) and lovely old stone barns. Scotland is castles and an oil rig off Burnt Island. Ireland is Dublin's colorful doors, green landscapes and stone walls. The casually informative text—musings and historical details—is by the artist too. (Dodd, Mead, $27)

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