Pigs Must Eat on Sundays
Ben Hartley Diaries

By Bernard Samuels Illustrated by Ben Hartley

Pigs Must Eat on Sundays
Hardback, 160 pages £9.95
Published: 1st January 2005
ISBN: 9781903998687
Format: 185mm x 135mm


From obscure beginnings Ben Hartley (1933-1996) has developed a cult following and includes Alan Bennett amongst his fans. He recorded his quirky and humorous observations in over 300 notebooks, and these sketches later formed the basis of many of his paintings. His idiosyncratic work captures feelings of the innocence of childhood experience, and a love of the countryside, its people and ways of life.
With the charm of Beryl Cook and the quirkiness of Stanley Spencer, Ben's childlike drawings of everyday country life are accompanied by wry and witty comments. From the quirky "Prickly Lincolnshire Spire" to the eccentric turkeys in "Saturday Visitors", Pigs Must Eat on Sundays gives an intimate insight into the world of this extraordinary artist.

Ben Hartley is . . . one of nature's prime originals.

- Wilfred Mellers, Modern Painters

Bernard Samuels

Bernard Samuels was the first full-time Director of Plymouth Arts Centre, where he ‘discovered’ Beryl Cook. He inherited 900 paintings and over 300 notebooks from Ben Hartley, since when he has organised many editions of Ben’s work and published a monograph, Ben Hartley.

Publication Details:

Binding: Hardback, 160 pages
ISBN: 9781903998687
Format: 185mm x 135mm
full colour illustrations throughout

BISAC Code:  ART015100, ART016030, ART020000
Imprint: Green Books

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