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South Downs Showcase

Peter Beckingham

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A new book released in December 2021 highlights the unique blend of art and culture that stems from the South Downs. Celebrating its rich significance for artists, sculptors, composers and writers, the launch of ‘South Downs Showcase’ celebrates over 200 years of the area’s creative history.

Aimed at residents and visitors alike, the new book by local author Peter Beckingham showcases both past and present artists and includes chapters describing J M W Turner’s stays at Petworth House; the range of carvings and statues commissioned by his friend the Third Earl of Egremont; the tragedies and achievements of Winnie-the-Pooh illustrator E H Shepard (who lived for many years in Lodsworth); and the rise to international prominence of Lavington Common-based artist Ivon Hitchens and subsequently his son John