Penguin Guides

Penguin Guides

Vintage book covers, acrylic crystals on canvas

53 x 52cm


A collection of original, vintage guide book covers and acrylic crystals arranged on painted canvas with a cut three-dimensional element. The work is mounted behind glass within a white, wooden frame.

These UK county travel guides were produced by Penguin Books in the 1930’s and 40’s. The individual history and journey of each item is evident in the marks, creases and worn edges of the paper.

A total of twelve covers were used for this piece: six for the background images, and a further six to provide the raised component. The addition of Swarovski crystals provide a contemporary edge which also serve to underline and emphasise the place names, while the three-dimensional country cut-outs cast soft shadows below.

© Adam Robinson