MESS ART specialises in  humorous military and sporting artwork by largely 19th and 20th century artists; it has some work from 18th century artists. The mirth they so skilfully create in their subjects’ circumstances and momentary embarrassment is wonderfully close to real life and still speaks to us today. 

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‘MILITARY MISREADINGS OF SHAKSPERE‘*

by artist Thomas Seccombe. 

(*the artist’s deliberate spelling mistake)

 

This Victorian classic, first published in 1880 and now made over in a contemporary style, intrigues from the start.

 

With the artist’s deliberate misspelling of Shakespeare, its 32 wonderfully drawn full colour  cartoons, each with a quotation from a Shakespeare play cleverly chosen by the artist, and with the informative script by Paul Cordle (formerly Grenadier Guards), one gets an unusual and amusing light touch on history of over 400 years and a sense of the social and military perils of life in the Victorian period. The modern reader can well see why the book went to six reprints when fist published.  

Perfect for picking up for a few minutes of  laughter and light-touch history; an ideal present for all ages and occasions-

£19.99 (postage included).

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