Britain's waterways offer a bucolic alternative to the usual means of travel, and their beauty can sometimes rival that of their more famous Venice brethren. Travel by barge and canal boat has propelled people for centuries, carrying them for both work and enjoyment. Through the text and woodcuts of John O'Connor, Canals, Barges and Peoplegives readers a unique peek at this life on the water while showcasing the work of an eminent engraver.
O'Connor's work appeared during the British folk revival of the mid-twentieth century, and he proved to be both skilled and ahead of his time in his use of colour on top of the woodcut prints. His compelling prints remarkably capture the motion of the water and the pull of boats through perfectly rendered lines. Reflections dapple, ducks paddle, and boats slice under O'Connor's skilled hand. More than thirty engravings are collected in this reprint of a 1950 book.