Felix Bernasconi ARCA dedicated much of
his long life to capturing in paint the scenery
of his beloved Norfolk. Trained at the Royal
Academy under the eye of three ‘Greats’ of
British art – Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious
and John Nash – after distinguished war
service, Felix joined Jarrolds the well-known
Norwich printing company, as head of their
design studio. From the 1940s onwards he
spent weekends and holidays creating
hundreds of paintings and sketches of scenes
which today perfectly evoke the county as
it used to be.
Only after his death in 2001 were literally
hundreds of his paintings salvaged from
almost certain destruction by a friend and
companion, John Bridges, who set about
conserving and cataloguing the collection,
realising the importance of his find. It is
these paintings that make up the body of this
superb book, combined with a story of
the artist himself compiled from family
papers and memories of those who knew
John Bridges was instrumental in
saving from destruction the paintings
which appear in this book.
A friend and companion to Felix
Bernasconi, he also provided much
of the information used in the
biographical introduction to the
book. John lives in Norwich with his
wife Kathleen and daughter Rachael.
Adrian Hill provided advice
and support in conserving and
cataloguing the collection of
Bernasconi paintings. He is the
Director of the Picturecraft Gallery
in Holt, Norfolk.
Simon Butler FRSA, publisher and
author, contributed the Introduction
to the book compiled from family
archives and interviews.
Imprint: Halstar. ISBN 978 1 906690 04 5, hardback, 238x258mm, 128 pages. Published October 2008.
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