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An Italian Sojourn: Watercolours, Diaries and Lett
by Pat Unger

ISBN: 9781927167014
PUBLISHER: Wily Publications
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 168
DIMENSIONS: 245mmX250mm

In the history of New Zealand art the name of W.A. (Bill) Sutton looms large. His national recognition has been achieved through his emblematic landscapes, fine portraits and educational and administrative abilities. Bill's record of Italy's famed attractions expressed in his watercolour sketches, is unique in this country, Each work go beyond scenes of pictorial charm and nostalgia - the touristic view in fact - collectively they tell the viewer that every vista has been captured by the eye, the hand, the knowledge and artistic spirit of Sutton. William Alexander Sutton (Bill) was born in Christchurch of English and Irish stock - pioneering people of the late 19th century who shared the typical values of the day; hard work, duty to family, rejection of class and respect for education and the sciences. As a student - primary, secondary and tertiary - he won many academic and art related awards and over years, his skill in calligraphy was shown by the production of several beautifully illuminated books, enhanced with jewelled, gilded and enamelled illustrations. Bill's art instruction owed much to European traditions and when the chance came to study in England, in 1947-8, and later to take Sabbatical leave from his teaching position at the University of Canterbury's School of fine Arts in 1973-4, he lost no time in making the most of those opportunities. His sabbatical - "300 days of freedom" - was spent by choice in

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