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George Smart the Tailor of Frant


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Jonathan Christie is an artist and designer. He has exhibited his artworks throughout Britain and sold over 100 paintings anddrawings. He has worked as an Art Director at the Radio Times and The Independent on Sunday and currently is the Creative Director at Octopus Books in London. He first discovered George Smart's work whilst at Art School and has been an admirer ever since. Jonathan lives in Frant-a few hundred yards from the site of Smart's house-with his family.


"A fascinating read and beautifully designed."-- "Terence Conran"
"A new and definitive study of Smart. Christie has gathered every scrap to dress his portrait of the tailor and his work and he's done so while enhancing rather than diminishing our pleasure."-- "The Magazine Antiques"
"Meet George Smart (1774-1846) and his output of cloth and velvet animals and characters in this wellwritten and well-designed book. Christie pieces together what details are available about this tailor by trade who was also a creative entrepreneur. He illustrates many examples of Smart's works, particularly variations of Bright, the postman, and a woman he called the 'Goose Woman, ' and another image titled Earth Stopper. He discusses Smart's materials and techniques and his ingenuity as an artist. He also features and discusses the labels, some with a clever poem, that Smart printed to identify his work. Christie also covers Smart's fame while alive and the rediscovery of Smart's work in the 20th century. The numerous illustrations help tell the fascinating story of this creative folk artist and his little cloth figures."-- "Maine Antique Digest"

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