Book review

Hang Around’s August BOOK REVIEW – “Silence will Speak” by Errol Trzebinski

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Africa

 

SILENCE WILL SPEAK: A STUDY IN THE LIFE OF DENYS FINCH HATTON AND HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH KAREN BLIXEN

By Errol Trzebinski

Many of you will be familiar with the Hollywood film “Out of Africa” about the love affair between Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen in the early years  of the 20th Century. This book, which was a major source for the screenplay, seeks to reveal more about the life of Denys from his early years growing up as the adored son of the Earl of Winchilsea , his school days at Eton followed by time at Oxford before his life in Kenya as a great game hunter and guide for the wealthy and famous of the 1920’s. It is a very detailed book with in depth research revealing a complicated man who inspired great loyalty and love from friends and family but who always kept himself slightly aloof . The second half of the book focuses on his relationship with Karen Blixen and using much of her writings, tells of their affair and his passion for Africa, its wildlife and his love of flying.

It is a fascinating book about a fascinating time and helps to shed light on a brave and unusual man. If you liked “Out of Africa” & “West With The Night”, this is a nice companion piece  and offers a detailed biography of Denys Finch Hatton.

 

 

 

 

Denys spent his school years at Eton

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He went on to study at Brasenose College Oxford

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He had a real passion for flying

 

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And a great love and concern for the wildlife in Africa.

We are fortunate to have a few original watercolours by Sue Peake still available, featuring African animals ( Zebras, Giraffes and Elephant)

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Hang Around’s JULY “BOOK CLUB “

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“The Riviera Set” by Mary S Lovell

If they had taught this sort of history when I was at school, I would have been top of the class.

This is a fascinating book covering the first 50 years of the 20th century  based on the Chateau de l’Horizon a beautiful Art Deco villa on the Cote d’Azur.

Mary Lovell’s research  is very thorough and she picks up on such interesting facts and then expands on them. It was compelling to read how  Maxine Elliot, a beautiful American girl from a very hard background became a highly successful actress through pure drive and determination. She then went on to become a figure of the highest stature in British Society, running the best “must go to” parties with the most influential of guests hosted in the perfect setting of her villa in the South of France.

  

Old print of 1900’s Map of France

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Old print of 1900’s Map of United States of America by J Rapkin

 

It is the detail of her life and friends which is of such interest. It was illuminating to read about another side to Winston Churchill (one of her greatest friends) to the one we are already so familiar with. Including his school days at Harrow

1940’s print of Harrow Har4L

And his time in the Army with the 4th Queen’s Own Hussars 

1940’s print by E C Talbot Booth  Hussars Mil TB3L

 

Learning about the Aga Khan & his sad relationship with his son  and the close bond they generated through their passion for horseracing

1970’s repro of an old print by Snaffles  Rac S4L

1950’s print by Wesley Dennis  Rac D1

 

Elsie de Wolfe was also a fascinating character, famed for her interior design prowess  and her routine of standing on her head every morning, even at the age of 82; throw in the Duke & Duchess of Windsor and many Hollywood stars and who needs fiction….!!

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Hang Around “BOOK CLUB”

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We at Hang Around love reading our books and spend many a happy hour discussing them while we frame, so we thought we would start sharing our books with all our customers, so here goes….

“A Place called Winter” by Patrick Gale

This is an emotional book stemming from the problems of being gay in the early 1900’s. It is the first book I have read about a gay relationship and it was very emotional going through all the trials and tribulations they encountered, not only with their relationships, but with events of the time including the First World War .

From Harry’s privileged childhood in London to the wilds of the settler town of Winter in Canada, this book weaves a compelling narrative, loosely based on the author’s  family  . It tells of Harry setting up a farm in Canada, battling with virgin soil, a harsh climate and all with very basic farming equipment. The Story outlined the  brutality of the  life people were having to endure and the horror of the flu epidemic as well as being a tender love story. A very interesting and informative read.

A print of an old 1800’s map of North America by J Rapkin

North America

A print of an 1830’s map of London by Thomas Moule

 

London (little)

 

Harry spent his school years at Harrow (we have  a large selection of old prints of this & other public schools)

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Harrow 1862 – Harr 11L

 

He spent long hours  working the land  & ploughing , perhaps similar to this 1940’s print by KF Barker

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Hor B3L Ploughing

The extreme cold weather required layers of heavy clothing as depicted in this old military print by Major Seccombe from 1870’s

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Canadian Uniform Maj Seccombe

 

And many men from the country headed over to fight in Europe as depicted in this 1980’s reproduction of an old print by Snaffles

Mil S9 Canadian

Mil S9 Canadian

 

 

 

For more information  about Patrick Gale and  his work  . http://galewarning.org/book/a-place-called-winter/

Fairs Gifts UNIVERSITIES

End of term and Graduation Gifts

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University Collage

 

Its that time of year when children leave school and students graduate, so to commemorate these landmark occasions, here at Hang Around we stock a great collection of old School prints and old University prints and original 1920’s/30’s Wills cigarette cards featuring the coat of arms or in the School collection, the old school ties,which make wonderful presents; especially when the two are combined and framed together.

Southern Sch & Uni cig cards

Featured here Eastbourne College, Christ’s Hospital ,Lancing Old Boys and Oxford University

The individual cards fit either a 6×4 or a 5×7 frame and make perfect “thank you” gifts for members of staff/ house masters/mistresses or for the school leavers and graduation students themselves. Prices range from £12 – £14 mounted or £20 – £24 framed.

We also stock a wide selection of old prints of universities, available mounted or framed, including the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge

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Oriel College  Oxford  Framed £42

 

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Queens College Camb  Framed £40

 

Bristol

Bristol University  £ 17

 

Also stocked, a collection of prints of many of the old public schools

 

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Ampleforth  £16

 

 

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Wellington college  1882 £15

Old cigarette cards can also be combined, as shown here ( please contact me for further details/ information)

Chartehouse Wills cards

Chartehouse Wills Cigarette cards

Or what about the signed school tie? Rather than leaving it balled up in the back of a drawer after the euphoria of the last day, why not send it to us and we can preserve it for posterity, mounted on silk and framed with school colours it can become a stylish keepsake. The same can be done for school badges, sports’ colours and other memorabilia.

School Tie

As well as old prints of the University buildings, including all the Colleges of Oxford & Cambridge, and some 1950’s College plans, we also stock a selection of prints of 1800’s maps of some of the University towns which have also proved very popular as graduation gifts.

Northern City Maps

Maps of Liverpool, Nottingham and York. (£22 mounted or £48 framed)

Of course we can also frame the photographs of the graduation students themselves and their certificates etc.

Luke & Tessa grads

Graduation Photographs

For more information on prints available, prices and to discuss any of your framing choices , please do contact me on : annabelpeckham@aol.com

 

 

Horses Prints Website

Equestrian prints

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Equestrian prints are one of the stalwarts of our collection and with Spring starting today , it seems a perfect time to showcase some of our gorgeous old prints.

Hor E3aL

Hor E3aL

 

Both Lionel Edwards and “Snaffles” are  favourites and capture the thrill of horse racing, point to pointing and hunting; their prints from 1920/30’s ( Snaffles’ prints are 1970’s repros) are available unframed or can be framed  to suit you.

Hunt E9L

Hunt E9L

Rac S29L

Rac S29L

RAC S31L

 

1930’s prints by KF Barker show the more domestic side of the horse world

 

Hor B17L

Hor B17L

Hor B15L

Hor B15L

Wesley Dennis’ prints from 1950’s offer a wide selection of equestrian scenes including dressage and hunting

Hor WD8L

Hor WD8L

 

Hunt WD1L

Hunt WD1L

KF Barker also depicted the excitement of Polo

POLO B2

POLO B2

As did Maurice Tulloch whose 1930’s prints offer a classic set of polo scenes.

POLO TL

POLO TL

And if you would like an original watercolour to grace your walls, we have a very limited selection of  fabulous Sue Peake paintings, prices start at £90 (please contact me direct)

SP 949        SP Polo player       Sue Peake Horses sketch

Do check out the website for more lovely old prints, and please remember if you have prints or pictures of your own that you would like us to frame, we offer a great postal framing service and will be delighted to discuss your needs.

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Fairs Firescreens Specialist Framing Website

How do I find a bespoke Firescreen?

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If you are looking for a firescreen, custom made to fit your fireplace or wood burner, in the fabric of your choice , then you have come to the right place!
Here at Hang Around we pride ourselves on our customer service and trying to satisfy all out clients framing needs and as firescreens are often hard to find we like to offer this bespoke service. Whether you have a beautiful tapestry or a piece of fabric to compliment your soft furnishings (or you need us to source fabric for you), then we can turn it into a firescreen.

We have recently been commissioned to make a firescreen for a client, we were able to source the material ourselves acting on a specific brief regarding colour, design and size.

Firescreen: Cutting fabric  cutting the fabric,

attaching the feet,     Firescreen: attaching feet

securing the back   Firescreen : the back

the finished firescreen    Bird firescreen

 

Once we had found the right choice we made the firescreen up and owing to a happy circumstance on this occasion, we were even able to deliver the screen personally and welcomed the opportunity to see it in situ.

 Firescreen: In situ

“We are absolutely delighted with our firescreen.  It really looks perfect.
 The colours blend in beautifully with the rest of the room and the
 birds are just right. Thank you so much.” 

We are more than happy to post the finished firescreen to you, with extra bubble wrap so it arrives safely via courier.

If you are looking for the perfect disguise for your fireplace or wood burner, do please get in touch and we will be delighted to assist you.

We also have a selection of ready made firescreens, priced from £90+

Racing Firescreen       Hunting firescreen2

 

Dogs Gifts Prints Website

NOVEMBER OFFER – 15% OFF ALL DOG PRINTS

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A special November offer – 15% off all dog prints

As a special deal we are offering 15% off all dog prints for the month of November, giving you the ideal opportunity to purchase some delightful old prints for the dog lovers on your Christmas list.

Old dog prints form one of the main foundations of the Hang Around Collection, featuring such renowned artists as Cecil Aldin, KF Barker and Lucy Dawson & Lionel Edwards.

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Wire haired Dachshund by Cecil Aldin, shown here framed in option E

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Harlequin Great Dane by KF Barker

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Retriever head with pheasant by Lucy Dawson

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Hounds by Lionel Edwards

Each artist manages to  capture the endearing qualities of individuals from a variety of  breeds and the prints date from 1920’s -40’s; Bridget Olerenshaw’s  1960’s prints which also feature in the collection show a more definitive depiction of dog breeds.

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Pugs by Bridget Olerenshaw

 All our prints come mounted in acid free mount board to help preserve their longevity and presented in clear poly bags with a brief history of the Artist’s life included. We offer a fabulous framing service too, choices can be found on the website: http://www.hangaround.co.uk/framing-options-4-w.asp

HA framing choices at GG

or if you have a specific requirement we can offer a more bespoke framing service; framed pictures can be sent to you or the recipient if they are bought as a gift.

We hope you will find the perfect print for you and with a lovely pre-Christmas 15% discount, now is the ideal time to buy.

For further information and any other assistance, please contact annabelpeckham@aol.com or telephone 01980 846697

Gifts Prints UNIVERSITIES Website

OCTOBER OFFER – 15% OFF UNIVERSITY PRINTS

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University Collage

Special offer for OCTOBER we are giving a 15% discount on all University prints

We have an extensive collection of old prints of Universities and this month to celebrate the beginning of term for some students and as gift ideas for alumni we are offering 15% off all prints.

We feature old prints of all the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge, from All Souls ,Oxford to Trinity, Cambridge

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All Souls College Oxford from 1920’s Pen & Ink drawing by EH New £18

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1960’s repro of 19th Century print of Trinity Cambridge £22

And also other well established universities like Birmingham,shown here framed with a Wills collectors card of the university arms (prices start at £49 for a similar combination)

Birmingham uni print & cig card

and St Andrews

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1948 print of the University of St Andrews, Scotland from J Slezer’s engraving 1693 £16

The selection of original 1920’s Wills cigarette cards featuring the  university and college crests are not available on the website at present, but if you are interested in a particular one do please contact us  and we’ll be happy to help you or you could visit Great Grooms Antique Centre in Hungerford where we have a good collection .

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(They are priced at £14 and will fit a standard 5 x 7″ frame)

University college plans are another popular and unusual option as a momento of University life. Published by H M Stationary Office in the 1950s they featured the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge

Jesus College Camb Plan

Jesus College Cambridge £28

All our prints can be purchased mounted or framed from our website but if you have any special requirements do please contact the workshop , Tel : 01980 846697 or email  annabelpeckham@aol.com

Happy Shopping!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Custom Framing Gifts Prints

15% OFF MAPS @ HANG AROUND FOR SEPTEMBER

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Map Collage

 

15% off Maps at Hang Around for September

 

Hang Around is offering 15% off any maps on the website, framed or unframed or bought in the workshop for the month of September.With holidays and travels at the forefront of our minds, you might like to purchase one of our maps to remind you of those lovely places you have visited.

 

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Western Australia

The maps we sell are 1980’s repros of 19th Century maps mainly by Thomas Moule and John Rapkin. Beautifully decorative with delightful vignettes, the collection includes  all the old counties of England from Cornwall to Northumberland , Kent & Yorkshire, several cities  including London and many of the major county towns which often cover the universities too , plus many countries of the world.

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  Cornwall    

 

London (large pink)

London 

 

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West Indies 

Maps make great presents for new house buyers, big birthdays, his and her county maps for wedding gifts, gap year returnees, university city maps for graduates. Their scope is endless.

 

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Newcastle upon Tyne 

There is also 15% off any maps you wish to have framed by Hang Around. Take advantage of our bespoke framing service and transform your old maps with smart new frames and fresh mounts with the option of  a contrasting “inner” to draw in the eye and enhance the picture.

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british Empire Map

British Empire Map

 

Tedworth park map

Tedworth Park map

Go to http://www.hangaround.co.uk/maps-8-c.asp to view the selection and make your purchase or call 01980 846697/07816 884063 and we would be delighted to help you further.

Custom Framing Gifts Prints

HANG AROUND @”GREAT GROOMS” OF HUNGERFORD

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Hang Around at “Great Grooms” Antique Centre of Hungerford is a new venture.

I am really excited that I have a new Hang Around project -a ‘landing’ at the fabulous Great Grooms Antiques Centre in ‪Hungerford‬. Having given up the charity fair circuit it is great to have found a permanent (I hope) home for all the fabulous collections of old prints, original watercolours and chinese embroideries.You will be able to browse through the baskets of 1930’s /40’s prints  which will include delightful JH Dowd drawings of children, dogs by Lucy Dawson, Cecil Aldin & KF Barker, Horses by Lionel Edwards & Snaffles, Schools and Universities and 19th C maps by Thomas Moule, as well as Military prints and Chinese Embroideries. Plus admire the framed pictures just as you have in the past at the fairs.

 

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There will also be a selection of framing options available , all displayed on  a board ( pictured below) for which I will offer a postal framing service, you choose the frame for your item and leave it with all payment and contact details with the Great Grooms staff, I will process your print/picture and send it to you direct.

         HA framing choices at GG    HA at GG with frame board

 

 

Great Grooms of Hungerford is prominently situated in this picturesque Berkshire Market Town with some 17 other Antique shops. The showrooms are housed within a prestigious Queen Anne town house on three floors – with the original deed dating from 1713 on display in reception. There are specialist and general dealer exhibitors displaying the widest variety of stock at all price levels and I hope that Hang Around will thrive in this marvellous setting.

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Great Grooms has over 60 dealer exhibitors specialising in a wide variety of fields. Stock is vetted to maintain high standards and ensure customers can purchase with confidence.

  • Over 40 years of service
  • Finest quality antiques to suit your spend
  • Friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff
  • Over 60 dealers exhibiting a wide variety of stock

 

I feel that Great Grooms is a wonderful place to permanently display the HA collection and I really hope you will visit my stall there.

 

HA stall GG2    HA stall GG3

 

 

Great Grooms of Hungerford is just off the M4 (junction 14) within easy reach of London Heathrow Airport with a main line Train Station direct to London (Paddington) with a journey time of just over 1 hour. We have a large private Car Park for customers use.

Opening Times

Opening Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 9.30am – 5.30pm
  Sundays and Bank Holidays 11.00am – 5.00pm

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Easter Sunday.