Arcadia | by Tom Stoppard | William Matthews

Arcadia | by Tom Stoppard | William Matthews

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Play and foreword by Tom Stoppard
Introduction by Diana Ketcham
With four watercolors by William Matthews

Signed by the playwright and the artist

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This masterwork of contemporary English drama interweaves elements of murder mystery and bedroom farce in a situation comedy about marital discord over remodeling the family garden. Stoppard displays his fascination with chaos theory, which his characters bring to bear on arguments over such subjects as Newtonian determinism and the Classic versus the Romantic. William Matthews’ watercolors of the landscape of Sidley Park in Derbyshire are a departure from his usual depictions of ranching life in the American West.

The landscape format is an allusion to the presentation books of the garden designer Humphrey Repton, referred to in the stage directions for the play. The illustrations show the reader the setting for the play: the garden exterior to the stage set, referred to but unseen by the audience. The fold-out construction of the illustrations allows the reader to enjoy the play while simultaneously viewing the changes in the setting as the action transpires over 260 years.

Production Details

  • Edition of 400 numbered copies for sale

  • Oblong, 11 by 14 inches, 132 pages

  • Bound in full green Japanese cloth, in slipcase

  • Arion Press publication #62, 2001

Optional Portfolio of Prints

“Four View of Sidley Park”, reproductions of watercolors at 86% scale of the originals.

  • Edition of 50 suites for sale, numbered and signed by the artist

  • Image: 15-1/2 by 20 inches on Somerset mould-made watercolor paper: 22-1/4 by 26-1/4 inches

  • Printed by Urban Digital Color in continuous tone on an Iris printer

  • Housed in a portfolio with title page and limitation

  • $3,250; sold only with a copy of the book