Thursday, 31 December 2015

A fish in a jug and JS Bach


A fish in a jug and JS Bach,
A notebook drawing by John Vernon Lord, 12 September 2013.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Mother Goose programme cover


Mother Goose programme cover, 
drawn and designed by John Vernon Lord, 2007.
(showing Ditchling High Street).

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

'Beneath the Tree'

'Beneath the Tree'
A pen and ink drawing by John Vernon Lord,  1966.
measuring 7 feet x 3 feet 11 inches or 2.21m x 1.19 m.

Monday, 28 December 2015

A Visit to Stoke

A Visit to Stoke
A diary drawing by John Vernon Lord, 17 March 1983.

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Academic Board 1981

Academic Board 1981.
A notebook drawing by John Vernon Lord, 5 March 1981

Saturday, 26 December 2015

A bird singing letters and numbers

A bird singing letters and numbers.
A notebook drawing by John Vernon Lord, 1979

Friday, 25 December 2015

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Degree or non-degree - indigestion


Degree or non-degree - indigestion.
A notebook drawing by John Vernon Lord, 1979.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Landscape drawing, a ticket, capital expenditure

Landscape drawing, a ticket, capital expenditure.
A notebook drawing by John Vernon Lord, 22 March 1979.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

They


They
A notebook drawing by John Vernon Lord, 1978.

When I carried out this spread I was working on the illustrations to The Nonsense Verse of Edward Lear, in which there are characters called 'they' in the limericks. Lear’s characters inhabit a real world as well as a surreal one of Nonsense.  They are subjected to everyday problems and they are endowed with typical human frailties and feelings, and hardly any of them are righteous.  Very few idealised heroes or heroines can be found among Lear’s Nonsense.  There is a pervading sense of the individual having to cope with life’s vicissitudes in a society which is nearly always ready to be critical - especially the inquisitive ‘they’ of the limericks, who form pressure-groups and behave like nosey-parkers, bureaucrats and bores.  George Orwell referred to ‘they’ as ‘the respectable ones, the right-thinking, art-hating majority’.
           
Here is an example, among Lear's limericks, of the Old Person of Bow  -

There was an Old Person of Bow
Whom nobody happened to know;
So they gave him some soap,
And said coldly, ‘We hope
You will go back directly to Bow! 

Many of Lear’s limerick subjects have to endure such insults as this from the ‘gross besetting crowd’.
‘They’ are what Aldous Huxley described as the force of ‘Public Opinion’ which ‘universally abhors
eccentricity’and who are unable to appreciate talent; as can be witnessed here, for it is ‘they’ again who rebuke the Old Man of Melrose for merely walking on the tips of his toes.

Monday, 21 December 2015

Train tickets




Train tickets
Notebook drawings (in case I lost them!) by John Vernon Lord, 1978/79.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Friday, 18 December 2015

A fish swallows a man's hand

A fish swallows a man's hand
A notebook drawing by John Vernon Lord, September 1976.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

A man balancing two balls on his fingers and a bird on his head


A man balancing two balls on his fingers and a bird on his head
A notebook drawing by John Vernon Lord, 1976


Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Three men under a hat


Three men under a hat
Notebook drawing by John Vernon Lord, 
drawn during a meeting on 13 July 1976

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

A hand holding a plant

A hand holding a plant
Notebook drawing by John Vernon Lord, 20 May 1976



Monday, 14 December 2015

Munrow the medieval is gone,


Munrow the medieval is gone,
Notebook drawing by John Vernon Lord, 20 May 1976

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Friday, 11 December 2015

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

A Portrait of John R Biggs


A Portrait of John R Biggs,
Head of Graphic Design at Brighton College of Art 1953-1974.
Notebook drawing by John Vernon Lord, December 1968

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

(Isopod), castle, fish and bridge

(Isopod), castle, fish and bridge,
Notebook drawing by John Vernon Lord 5 December 1968

Monday, 7 December 2015

Sunday, 6 December 2015

'Till late in the night did he read, rocking, reminiscing restfully'


'Till late in the night did he read, rocking, reminiscing restfully',
a diary drawing by John Vernon Lord, 29 July 1965.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

During the reading of Gide


During the reading of Gide.
a diary drawing by John Vernon Lord, July 1965. 
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Friday, 4 December 2015

Endpaper incorporating Edward Lear's Nonsense Botany


Endpaper incorporating Edward Lear's Nonsense Botany,
illustrated by John Vernon Lord
in The Nonsense Verse of Edward Lear, Jonathan Cape, 1984.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Two figure drawings

Two figure drawings,
Costume life drawings in a sketchbook by John Vernon Lord,  1960/1.

Monday, 30 November 2015

A pen writing and a musical instrument

A pen writing and a musical instrument,
Sketchbook drawing by John Vernon Lord, 1 August. 1964.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Basement bedroom of 76 Charlotte Street, London

Basement bedroom of 76 Charlotte Street, London.
Sketchbook drawing by John Vernon Lord, 10 November 1962.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Tape recorder, recorder, gramophone and portable radio



Tape recorder, recorder, gramophone and portable radio at 46, fellows Road London
Sketchbook drawing by John Vernon Lord, February 1963.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Abstract landscape with bicycle


Abstract landscape with bicycle,
Sketchbook drawing by John Vernon Lord, 1963.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Angle-poise lamp and brushes


Angle-poise lamp and  brushes,
Sketchbook drawing by John Vernon Lord,1963.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Several heads


Several heads,
Sketchbook drawing by John Vernon Lord, 22 January 1963

Friday, 20 November 2015

Pythagoras


Pythagoras,
Sketchbook drawing by John Vernon Lord, 22 January 1963


Thursday, 19 November 2015

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Flat at 46, Fellows Road, London (3),

Flat at 46, Fellows Road, London (3),
A sketch by John Vernon Lord, 9 November1962