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2nd March 2023


Gwen Raverat (1885-1957) illustrated The Runaway with sixty of her delightful wood engravings. She also wrote and illustrated the classic Period Piece (1952), an affectionate, child's-eye account of growing up in Cambridge in the late C19 amidst the extended Darwin-Wedgwood family (she was the granddaughter of Charles Darwin). These are the 'heroic survivors of the picnic': two each of her characterful aunts and uncles plus her mother. 'Aunt Ida alone still has a gallant smile glued to her lips; the others are just enduring'. 

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