Rediscovery & Restoration: Murals by Evelyn Gibbs at St Martin’s Church, Bilborough

Rediscovery & Restoration: Murals by Evelyn Gibbs at St Martin’s Church, Bilborough

By Pauline Lucas

Price: £10.00

ISBN: 978-1-910323-24-3

paperback, 50 pages, 236 x 175mm, 42 illustrations (21 colour)

In 1946 the well-known artist, Evelyn Gibbs, who together with her students from Goldsmiths’ College had been evacuated to Nottingham for the duration of the war, was commissioned to paint murals – or ‘wall paintings’, as some authorities prefer to call them – at the Church of St. Martin of Tours, Bilborough. Splendid though the resultant work was, this mural of the ‘Annunciation’ was covered over in the early 1970s and presumed lost until a chance discovery of the upper section some years ago led to the whole painting being uncovered and restored.

The enthralling story of the disappearance and recovery of these murals, and of the part they played in Evelyn Gibbs’ life, is told in this new book by artist and art historian, Pauline Lucas, whose earlier monograph, Evelyn Gibbs, Artist & Traveller, is the standard work on its subject.

“Well produced and well designed….Evelyn Gibbs, Artist & Traveller describes (Gibbs’) progress from a successful period at The Royal College of Art, to her winning the Rome Prize in 1929… and her subsequent life as teacher and educationalist and wife of a Secretary-General of the Arts Council.” Printmaking Today

“A splendid introduction to a fine artist….Shows Gibbs to be a subtle portraitist and landscape artist of great delicacy…” Mersey Arts Magazine