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A Cambridge Childhood. [Illustrated by the Author. Seventh Impression].


Published: Faber, [1953]

Stock code: 42278

Price: £48.00

Published a year after the first edition. In giving us the often-amusing story of her childhood, her eccentric relations and of Cambridge middle-class and university, Raverat created a classic memoir of late Victorian society. The author herself describes the account as 'a drawing of the world when I was young' and her loving portrait is illustrated with her own delightful pen drawings. Gwen Raverat (1885-1957), granddaughter of Charles Darwin and daughter of Professor George Darwin, was brought up in Cambridge before studying illustration at the Slade. In 1910 she married fellow student Jacques Raverat before establishing herself as a leading book illustrator of the period. She played an important role in the revival of wood-engraving in England. See Horne pp.360-361.