Clare Leighton (1898 - 1989)

Louisiana Pilgrimage (BPL 525), 1942

£1,500.00

SKU: 6012
Original woodblock (cancelled)
4 x 5 3/8 in. (10.5 x 13.5 cm)

Size:
Height – 10.5cm
Width – 13.5cm

1 in stock

DESCRIPTION

Provenance:
The Artist’s Estate
Presentation:
framed

Southern Harvest was published in 1942, The Macmilllan Co, (1942). Lousiana Pilgrimage appeared on p 126.


By the time Clare Leighton immigrated to the United States in 1939, she was already an acclaimed engraver and writer in England. Not only did influential journalists and social thinkers such as Hilaire Belloc, G.K. Chesterton, J. C. Squire, and N. B. Brailsford acknowledge her as a leader in the revival of wood engraving in Britain, they viewed her imagery as thematically compatible with issues they were championing
Southern Harvest was one of her first major commissions;  Accodring to Hickman
Southern Harvest is foremost a book about the common folk of a pre-industrial South, but its full content and style defy simple classification. Wood engravings showing southern agricultural practices and seasonal rituals mingle with documentary, drama, social commentary, even self-psychotherapy.
In the introduction to Southern Harvest, Leighton confesses that the book was created out of her own special need to become rooted in the American continent. She sought kinship by living among the people of the earth and by learning their habits and their lore, writing,
Leighton’s wood engravings for Southern Harvest focus on several types uniquely associated with the rural South: the African American, the poor white, and the Appalachian mountain people, groups often portrayed as stereotypes in art and literature.

We are grateful to Caroline Hickman whose article  CLARE LEIGHTON AND THE AMERICAN SOUTH, (Duke Library Magazine 2004) has been of great assistance.
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THE ARTIST

Clare Leighton
Clare
Leighton
1898 - 1989

Clare Leighton attended the Brighton School of Art (1915), the
Slade School of Fine Art (1921’23) and the Central School of Arts
and Crafts. Despite her childhood nickname ‘The Bystander’, she
became a hugely visible artist on both sides of the Atlantic, and her
vast oeuvre includes engravings, paintings, bookplates, illustrations
and stained glass. Her twelve plates for Wedgwood, New England
Industries, 1952, are amongst her best-known work. 

She exhibited with the SWE in London (1923) and at the
1934 Venice Biennale ‘ attaining full membership to the Royal
Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers in the same year. She also
made several tours of the United States, becoming a naturalised
citizen in 1945. By the time of her death, Leighton had authored
twelve books and made over 840 prints.

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