New book explores county's hills

PUBLISHED: 13:56 30 October 2011

Cutcombe Church in the Brendon Hills

Cutcombe Church in the Brendon Hills


WESTON duo Rosie and Howard Smith, well known for their In Watercolours books on Somerset's coastline, have moved inland to explore and illustrate the county's hills.

In their newest book, due for release next month, they confine themselves to the four named ranges within historical Somerset, each of which has its own character and colour palette:

● the wide open heath and intimate combes of the Quantocks:

● the Brendons’ deep valleys and wooded hills:

● the sun-capturing butterfly slopes of the Poldens:

● and the tougher landscape of Mendip’s plateau, gullys and caves.

Rosie’s easeful watercolour paintings and Howard’s relaxed, informative text combine to give a fresh perspective to Somerset’s beautiful hills.

Nearly every one of the book’s 208 pages has one or more paintings in full colour while special pages, illustrated with black and white line drawings, expand on topics of special interest.

The book is presented in both paperback and hardback editions priced £14.99 and £18.99 respectively. It will be for sale in local bookshops and galleries from November 12.

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