Artistic tribute to A Shepherd's Life From Salisbury Journal IN 1910, W H Hudson wrote: "Wiltshire looks large on the map of England, a great green county, yet it never appears to be a favourite one to those who go on rambles in the land.
"At all events I am unable to bring to find an instance of a lover of Wiltshire who was not a native or a resident." Hudson was neither native or resident but coach outlet atlanta journal sports he spent a lot of time in the area at the beginning of the last century exploring the countryside and taking notes which resulted in books forever linking him with the county. The most famous of these, A Shepherd's Life, describing the harsh realities and raw beauty of rural life on the downlands around Salisbury, focusing on the characters of father and son, Isaac and Caleb Bawcombe, Wiltshire Downs shepherds both. The book is the inspiration for an exhibition of artworks currently on show at Salisbury Museum. There are paintings in oil, watercolour and acrylics, artprints, textile artwork, photographs, and lino cuts offering contemporary views of Hudson's characters and landscapes. The exhibition includes an artists book, illustrating sections of Hudson's original text from 1910 with a cover, handmade appropriately enough in felted fleece taken from the wool of a rare DorsetThe work is the result of a third year project by HND Fine Art students from Salisbury College. Course tutor Annette Ratuszniak explains: "We link a book into the Year 3 project and I introduced them to A Shepherd's Life, which they loved." Visits to the places around Salisbury mentioned in Hudson's book provided the springboard for the work as each artist took a passage they had selected coach outlet handbags leather to illustrate. Annette has previously curated major authentic coach purses on clearance art exhibitions in Salisbury and was instrumental in the ecological art projects In Praise of Earth and In Praise of Trees. "Art is a passion of mine opening our eyes to landscape and conservation issues," says Annette. W H Hudson's A Shepherd's Life is one of the exceptions, placing the "great green county" he admired so much on the the map. Much of Hudson's coach outlet locations 91602 book is devoted to describing the landscape, flora and fauna of Wiltshire and Hampshire and although farming methods have changed the face of agricultural land in the past century, the grassy downlands are not vastly different. Curiously, it was grassland many thousands of miles away which first inspired his love of open spaces. William Henry Hudson was born on August 4, 1841, near Quilmes close to Buenos Aires in Argentina, the son of Anglo American parents. He suffered from typhus fever in his mid teens, followed a year later by rheumatic fever, which permanently affected his heart although he lived to be 81. His schooling was haphazard, mostly in the hands of private tutors who came and went, and his early years were spent roaming the Argentinian pampas, later travelling on horseback to Brazil and Patagonia, learning about the wildlife and landscape around him. He was intensely interested in ornithology and would send examples of birdskins to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington. His accounts of his travels and his observations of birdlife were the start of his career as an ornithologist of renown, and he later published several works on birds in his native Argentina and in Britain.
He emigrated to England (his grandfather was from Devon) in 1874 when he was 33 following the death of both his parents, with the hope of developing his career in ornithology. His time in this county got off to a bad start and he endured years of poverty in London, even sleeping rough on the streets at one point. In 1976, Hudson married Emily Wingrave, a former soprano singer 13 years his senior, who ran a boarding house in the capital, but he hated London and escaped to the countryside whenever.
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