Thy Kingdom Come — A Prayer in Black and White For Ourselves and the World To-Day by Arthur Wragg

Published by Selwyn & Blount, 1939, Hardback.

Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Cloth boards slightly tanned and soiled with the upper slightly sprung. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Spotting to the blanks and endpapers. Previous owners’ inscription to the first blank. Offset to the text from many of the full page illustrations.

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Illustrated with line drawings. From the DNB: Arthur Wragg (January 3rd, 1903 August, 17th, 1976) was a British illustrator.

His bleak poster-style art frequently dealt with themes of social isolation and spiritual emptiness. His work was all commissioned for publication. He has been neglected, therefore, when compared with equals such as Graham Sutherland and John Piper, but Wraggs choice was an ideological one. As a socialist and pacifist, Wragg wanted his art to speak directly to common people rather than to art-lovers. His vibrant, polemical style had considerable impact on other popular art in the 40s and 50s, particularly government information posters and advertising.

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