David Jones

David Jones (British, 1895-1974)

David Jones was born in Brockley in 1895 to a family of craftsmen. Animals that were to remain his preferred subject immediately fascinated him. In 1915 Jones enlisted in the army, an experience that had a profound effect on his life and work. During these war years he moved towards accepting the Roman Catholic faith. These two elements, war and religion, coloured his life from then on.

Jones produced many of the subjects represented here at Christmas to give to friends and family, tracing some of his favourite themes such as animals and the nativity. David Jones along with Eric Gill is remembered as a virtuoso of the technique of engraving; these examples of his craft serve as a lasting reminder of his talent. These wood engravings and copper engravings were produced in 1981 to accompany a lavish publication produced by Clover Hill Editions commemorating the graphic work of David Jones who died in 1974.

The copper and wood engravings were printed from the original blocks where possible, where the blocks were in poor condition or destroyed, they were printed by offset. They span the whole range of his work and interests, from charming nativity scenes, Gulliver’s Travels, Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner, and those influenced by the First World War. The Copper engravings were printed on handmade paper from Jones’ original plates with full margins by L’Atelier Georges Leblanc, Paris, and Bernard Cook, Stoke Newington. Will Carter at the Rampant Lions Press, Cambridge printed the wood engravings from the original wood-blocks and Adrian Lack, Charlbury, Oxon printed the offset prints on Japon paper. 75 numbered portfolios containing the prints were issued. All measure 31 x 24 cm. (sheet size)  with deckled edges, within cream mounts and where framed, in Oak.