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The Heart is True

Item Code: MW-85196-sv
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Base price $1,504
Signed verso acrylic on carved brown oak.

This piece uses words from the Elizabethan part-song Fine Knacks for Ladies. The verse itself in anonymous, though clearly written by a poet of considerable skill; the music is by John Dowland and was published in 1601.
Destined for firewood, this piece echoes the phrase 'Though all my wares be Trash'. The wood is brown oak from Staunton Harold in Leicestershire, which had been cut to make a panel for a cabinet door, but was severely warped and had to be discarded.

A free copy of Martin Wenham’s new book Martin Wenham The Art of Letter Carving, published by Crowood Press (price £25), will accompany each purchase from the exhibition.
Martin Wenham PortraitBorn in 1941, Wenham’s interest in lettering was stimulated at an early age. At university Wenham read botany and forestry, his artistic propensity aiding with precise observational drawing. Throughout this time an interest in pen-lettering persisted and after a research colleague requested a carved house-name in wood Wenham approached the professional carver Harry Spring, who showed him the basic technique of letter-cutting.

After a year Wenham left research and for the next 23 years taught in secondary, primary and special schools, with 9 years’ lecturing at the University of Leicester. He first exhibited his letter-cutting work in 1982; since 1984 it has been shown in the major British exhibitions of lettering arts. Wenham’s work is held in the Crafts Council’s Permanent Collection and in private collections in Britain, the USA, Germany, Japan and Puerto Rico.
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