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Clare Leighton SWE ARE RE (British, 1899-1989)


One of the greatest exploiters of wood engraving this century was born in London and studied art at Brighton School of Art, the Slade and the Central School, where she studied wood-engraving under Noel Rooke, a master of the technique. The large majority of Leighton's work was in the medium of wood engraving. Favourite subjects include rural scenes and she illustrated a number of books including, Thomas Hardy's The Return of the Native, 1929, Gilbert White's Natural History of Selborne, 1941 and a number of others. She produced an excellent practical manual on the technique, Wood-Engraving and Woodcuts, 1932 and also taught. One of the best anecdotes about the artist was when she left her teaching post, a tearful older girl she had taught protested, "You can't leave us. You taught us to see beauty in chimney pots." Her style has a nobility of form reminiscent of Eric Gill, whom she knew well but is also characterised by long swinging lines and always captures a sense of movement.

References:
Boston Public Library. Clare Leighton/An exhibition, 1977: nos 242;
Pat Jaffe. The Wood Engravings of Clare Leighton, 1992
Anne Stevens and David Leighton. Clare Leighton. Wood Engravings and Drawings, Ashmoleon, 1992.



Clare Leighton. Chair Bodgers

Chair Bodgers
wood engraving printed on japon paper
1937
17.5 x 12cm (image size).
published in Country Matters. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1937.

£80 (within mount)


Clare Leighton. The Flower Show

The Flower Show
wood engraving printed on japon paper
1937
17.7 x 12cm.
published in Country Matters. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1937.

£80 (within mount)


Clare Leighton. Going to the Festival

Going to the Festival
wood engraving printed on japon paper
1937
18 x 12cm (image size).
published in Country Matters. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1937.

£80 (within mount)


Clare Leighton. Dinnertime at the Show.

Dinnertime at the Show
wood engraving printed on japon paper
1937
17.5 x 12.5cm.
published in Country Matters. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1937.

£120 (framed)


Clare Leighton. Storm at the Fair

Storm at the Fair
wood engraving printed on japon paper
1937
17.5 x 12.5cm.
published in Country Matters. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1937.

£120 (framed)


Clare Leighton. The Washing Boat

The Washing Boat
wood engraving printed on japon paper
1930
20 x 24cm.
from the limited edition of 450 examples (no. 61) published in Clare Leighton: Woodcuts: Examples of the work of Clare Leighton. London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1930.

£250 (framed)


Clare Leighton. Loading the Ponies, Dalmatia

Loading the Ponies, Dalmatia
wood engraving printed on japon paper
1930
22.5 x 17cm.
signed and numbered 61/450 by the artist in pencil. From the limited edition of 450 examples (no. 61) published in Clare Leighton: Woodcuts: Examples of the work of Clare Leighton. London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1930.
spotting around mount

£550 (framed)


Clare Leighton. Lopping

The following fine wood engravings by Clare Leighton are from her renowned The Farmers Year, 1933. All are framed in bespoke black frames with conservation mounts:

Lopping

wood engraving
1933
28 x 34.5 cm.

SOLD


Clare Leighton. Haymaking

Haymaking
wood engraving
1933
28 x 34.5 cm.

£240 (framed)





Cottage Gardens
wood engraving
1933
28 x 34.5 cm.

SOLD


Clare Leighton. Sheep Shearing



Sheep Shearing
wood engraving
1933
28 x 34.5 cm.

£240 (framed)


Clare Leighton. Threshing



Threshing
wood engraving
1933
28 x 34.5 cm.

£240 (framed)

Clare Leighton. Harvesting



Harvesting
wood engraving
1933
28 x 34.5 cm.

£240 (framed)

Clare Leighton. Apple Picking



Apple Picking
wood engraving
1933
28 x 34.5 cm.

£240 (framed)

Clare Leighton. The Fat Stock Market



The Fat Stock Market
wood engraving
1933
28 x 34.5 cm.

£240 (framed)

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