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Philip Hughes


A new selection from Philip Hughes’ unpublished notebooks going back over twenty-five years.

In an astonishing collection of twenty-seven notebooks created over a quarter of a century, Philip Hughes has sought to capture the spirit of a place: its geological structure, its relationship with the surrounding landscape, and its occasional signs of human intervention.

These painterly but topographically precise notebooks record moments when the artist has been moved to draw what he can see, whether from the shelter of a standing stone in Orkney, Scotland, from the air over the Simpson desert in Australia, or from a postal boat sailing through the Norwegian fjords.

Pieced together by Hughes himself from over a thousand drawings, this is a logbook of momentary observations. Some are swift sketches of fields or horizons, others are slower studies of lichen and flowers in Antarctica, or lines of quartz in granite in Cornwall. The depth of feeling and knowledge Hughes has for different terrains and climates underpins the beauty of this essential and inspiring selection of notebooks.

Additional information

Weight 1098 g
Dimensions 25 x 26.8 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 29 February 2024
Number of pages 176
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by Kay Syrad, Foreword by Stephen Coppel
Dimensions 25 x 26.8 cm
Weight 1098 g


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Philip Hughes is a widely exhibited artist. His vision has been shaped by extensive travel linked to a preoccupation with the structure of landscape and the archaeology of ancient cultures. Hughes' work is represented in numerous public collections, including The British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the UK Government Collection in London, UK, and the Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA. He served on the council of the Royal College of Art (1987-1992), on the board of the Design Museum (1990-1996) and as Chairman of the Trustees of the National Gallery (1996-2000). Kay Syrad is a poet and novelist. She was Poetry Editor for Envoi from 2014-2020 and writes poetry reviews and articles for a range of journals. She has written two novels, and two of her poetry collections, Wild Correspondings: an eco-poetry sourcebook and What is near, were published in 2021. Her writing on artists includes Chris Drury: Silent Spaces (1998/2004). Stephen Coppel is Assistant Keeper of Modern Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, London.