The Enjoyment of the People

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This 1945 King Penguin about “art as practised by artists of the people for the enjoyment of the people” has an essay by Noel Carrington (who I think was the brother of Dora) about the survival of folk art on coaches, in fairgrounds and on musical instruments. Even then he was lamenting its disappearance under the influence of mainstream culture: “I noted with regret that the lettering on a little train roundabout in which my children had embarked was in the sober sanserif type designed by Eric Gill.” I like the illustrations by Clarke Hutton:
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