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Angela Lemaire - The Capon Tree

The Capon Tree

‘The landscapes have such presence and resonance and charisma. I remember now that I liked to take this book with me on the remaining family holidays of my teenage years and in the hot, empty geometry of sky and swimming pool, with crickets rasping in the coarse grass, I immersed myself in Hill’s perfected England, his rich images standing out in high contrast.’

“Autumn resumes the land, ruffles the woods

with smoky wings, entangles them. Trees shine

out from their leaves, rocks mildew to moss-green;

the avenues are spread with brittle floods . . .”


We’re feeling fully immersed in autumn now, thanks to the grey skies, the slight chill in the air, and the arrival of the new season’s issue of Slightly Foxed, no. 55. In it, Adam Foulds describes his lasting love for Geoffrey Hill’s poetry and his evocation of the English landscape, illustrated with this wood engraving of The Capon Tree by Angela Lemaire.

About the contributor

Angela Lemaire was born in Buckinghamshire but moved to Australia in her youth. She returned to Britain in 1962 and studied at Chelsea School of Art and Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, where she was taught by wood-engraver Frank Martin. He gave her a box of wood-engraving tools, and Angela taught herself the art. She has always been interested in literature, and decided to combine text and images in her work as a printmaker. Her artwork has been used in her own artists books and to illustrate fine press books. She also paints, writes and gives talks on a variety of themes, including her work.

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