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On weather vanes
September 18, 2014, 9:09 am
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The best art I have seen in ages was deep in the bowels of a museum in Edinburgh in a section on religion I happened on this.

It’s a bit good. Its a weathercock from St Ninian’s Church in North Leith. This goes with it.

They have been made from copper sheet and originally would have been gilded. It dates back to the 17th century.

It’s a helluva thing.

Now I have been getting steadily alarmed by the near extinction of people who make things by hand. I am a novelty act. You want a big book with a dirty talk on the title look no further I am your woman.

This is what I’ve been reading this week.


“the unsophisticated arts” by Barbara Jones this is a collection of articles from the Architectural Review in the 1950’s She is recording and drawing all sorts of items that were at one time commonplace.

Shop signs, fairground rides, narrow boats decoration, love tokens, butter moulds, puppets, horse brasses the list goes on and on.

The other books are English popular and traditional art by Margaret Lambert and illustrated by Enid Marx.

Same ground is covered it’s obvious that in the 1950’s and 60s this stuff was about to be swept away with a vengeance.

And so it came to pass.


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