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Etched in Memory:
The Elevated Art of J. Alphege Brewer

Drawn from the material at the website, this book is the first illustrated study of the life and work of J. Alphege Brewer (1881-1946), the early 20th-century British artist who made his fame producing large, color etchings of European cathedrals and other historical buildings damaged or threatened during WWI. In both the United States and Great Britain, these etchings and reproductions were proudly hung on parlor walls in solidarity with the Allied cause and as a remembrance of the devastating cultural losses inflicted by the onslaught of war. Brewer's "à la poupée" technique, carried out in his studio workshop in Acton with the assistance of family members, required the plate to be painted entirely anew for each of the authorized 300-500 impressions. With the same "dab hand" at the end of his life, Brewer produced exquisite woodcuts of lakes, mountains, and other pastoral views. Chapters on Brewer's life story, techniques, and the artistic context for his war etchings are included, as well as a catalog of his known etchings.

From reviewers:

"Benjamin Dunham's short but informative account of Brewer's career is exhaustively researched, clearly written, and gorgeously produced, with attractive reproductions of many of the works alongside period photographs and documents associated with Brewer's marketing efforts.... Well worth the attention of anyone even mildly interested in charting the diverse currents that flowed through the pictorial arts in the first half of the 20th century."

"As someone who appreciates work that demonstrates a mastery of the subject undertaken and the skill to present it in a way that anyone can understand and benefit from, I highly recommend it without hesitation!"

"Anyone interested in printmaking, history and art should consider this a must read. Truly an inspiring and informative book."

From others:


“I hope this reaches a wide audience. It’s a fascinating story, wonderfully told.”
— George Gelles, former critic, The Washington Star

“The images of cathedrals and other buildings made on the eve of World War I are not only beautiful, but have significant documentary and historic value.”
— Laura M. Giles, Heather and Paul G. Haaga Jr., Class of 1970, Curator of Prints and Drawings, Princeton University Art Museum

"People interested in WWI-era art will enjoy every word.”
— Jeffrey B. Miller, author, WWI Crusaders and Yanks Behind the Lines

“A fascinating and informative study.”
— Morna O’Neill, Associate Professor of Art, Wake Forest University

"I wish more people took the time and care to share their knowledge with the public about lesser-known artists like Brewer, who obviously had a successful career and a generous nature.” — Marc Thomas Chabot, Marc Chabot Fine Arts, Southbury, Connecticut

" I discovered much about the period that was new to me. Ben Dunham's book deserves a place on your bookshelf alongside the books about the more fashionable artists.”
— Modern Printmakers blog