A Hand Uplifted - Richard SeddonLondon: Frederick Muller, 1963, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Gently faded at the spine of the binding. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: “‘Are you British or French? Soldier or sailor…?’ demanded the security man when, in 1940, Richard Seddon came ashore in borrowed and ragged naval uniform from a crippled destroyer at Portsmouth.
An accredited war artist, he had brought back one possession — a sea-stained sketch-book filled with drawings, from which he later painted the pictures now in the Imperial War Museum. Still in France after Dunkirk, he was cut off with four Army companions deep among the onrushing German forces, and while attempting to remain in France, unaware of the retreat, they were swept into adventures which brought them back to England against their own wishes and in spite of heavy odds.
In telling this story, which begins in the tranquil art world of pre-war London, he describes not only a close-up view of great events, but how, in finding the limitations of the artist in war, he discovered the precious value of art in life as a whole.”