Provenance: The Artist’s Estate
Literature: Clare Leighton, An Exhibition ….Amercan Sheaves English Seed Corn…., The Boston Public Library, p 22.
epic project Psalms. (The Book of Psalms [and] The First Psalm of
David, the Book of Proverbs [and] The Book of Ecclesiastes) was
published by Doubleday, 1952. This image had particular poignancy for
Leighton who devoted much of her life to teaching art to children who –
by virtue of their social background – would not normally have had
access to an education in art. Hear Ye Children was published in an
edition of 75 from this original (now cancelled) block. It is recorded
as no. 654 in the Boston Public Library catalogue of Leighton’s work
Leighton was an artist, writer and wood engraver, best known for her
illustrated books recording English rural life (The Farmer’s Year, 1933,
Four Hedges, 1935), and her recording of life in Amercia where she
emigrated to in 1939. Southern Harvest, 1942 New England
Industries,1952, (produced for Wedgwood) are amongst the most
celebrated and poignant records of American rural life of their period.