[Frederic Vanson, Essex poet and journalist.] Scarce poetry pamphlet 'Essex Images', with signed Autograph Inscription to Christopher Fry; introduction by John Graham, and illustrations by Graham, Gwen Dymond, David Lee, Olive Bentley, Alan Burgess.

[Frederic Vanson (1919-1993), Essex poet, journalist and lecturer; John Graham; Gwen Dymond; David Lee; Olive Bentley; Alan Burgess [Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright]
Publication details: 
John Graham Fine Arts, Essex; 1984..On back cover: 'This edition is printed at 19 The Rows, Harlow. February 1984.'
SKU: 23585

Scarce: the only copy located on WorldCat and COPAC at the Tate Library, London. Unpaginated stapled and duplicated pamphlet: 16pp, 4to. Cover illustration by John Graham. No wraps called for. In good condition, lightly aged and creased. In Vanson's autograph, at top right of cover: 'For Christopher - | affectionately | Frederic | 3. 84.' The second page carries a poem (‘The Rodings’) by Graham, beneath the following introduction: ‘These images are the result of my invitation to the artists taking part in the exhibition: “Seven Essex Painters”, to provide drawings suggested to them by a selection of the poems by Frederic Vanson, to be read in the Gallery one evening during the exhibition. | I realise that the relationship between word and image is sometimes best left unattempted, as my own Essex poem suggests, but I hope this experiment will in some small way link the arts.’ Six poems by Vanson (‘The End of the Line - Shoeburyness’, ‘The Stour below Flatford’, ‘In Wanstead Park’, ‘Stallion in Retirement’, ‘Women in a Market Place’, ‘Stubble Burning’), together with seven accompanying illustrations: three by Gwen Dymond, two by David Lee, and one apiece by Vanson’s wife Olive Bentley and Alan Burgess. Vanson’s poem ‘Stubble Burning’ was singled out for praise in David Gaskin’s obituary of Vanson, Independent, 27 July 1993. From the Christopher Fry papers.