Agnes Miller Parker

Agnes Miller Parker SWE ARE (British, 1895-1980)

Agnes Miller Parker was born in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland; she studied at Glasgow School of Art. She was one of the four engravers who worked at the Gregynog Press in the early 1930s: her husband William McCance, Gertrude Hermes and Blair Hughes-Stanton were the others. She was essentially a book illustrator, and the list of her illustrated books ranges from works for the Gregynog Press to the Limited Editions Club of New York for which she illustrated Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd in 1958. Her wood engravings are distinctive with careful and delicate cross-hatching and stippling.

References: Horne: 343; Rogerson, Ian and John Dreyfus. Agnes Miller Parker: Wood engraver and Book Illustrator, 1990; Out of the Wood: British Woodcuts and Wood Engravings 1890 – 1945, The British Council 1991.