Drawn to Nature: Gilbert White and the Artists by Simon Martin


The natural world as seen through the work of British artists and writers including Eric Ravilious, Virginia Wolf and John Piper.

In Drawn to Nature, Simon Martin has gathered joyful and beautiful images of the extraordinary array of wildlife described by Gilbert White in his most influential Natural History and Antiquities of Selbourne. Providing an insight into the continuing appeal and relevance of the Natural History. This fascinating account takes us from some of the earliest published depictions of birds and animals to pioneering nature photography, wood engravings of the 1930s and 1940s, and contemporary illustrators such as Angie Lewin and Emily Sutton. The book also includes an introduction to the life of Gilbert White by Sir David Attenborough, an essay by Virginia Wolf and poems by modern and contemporary poets.