Leighton, Clare

(1898 – 1989)

BPL 664 Hear ye children (BPL664) Psalms, circa 1952


SKU: 5321

Original woodblock, cancelled, 

2 x 4 in. (5.3 x 10 cm)

Height: 5.3cm
Width: 10cm

1 in stock


The Artist’s Estate

Literature: Clare Leighton, An Exhibition ….Amercan Sheaves English Seed Corn…., The Boston Public Library, p 21.

Leightons 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. 664 in the Boston Public Library catalogue of Leighton’s work.

Clare 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.


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Leighton, Clare

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.


Clare Leighton
The Reverend Hill Walks Away, BPL500, 1942
Clare Leighton
The Darking Thrush, Hardy Shepherds, (Thomas Hardy), BPL 774b 1965
Clare Leighton
Singing, BPL 723 1957
Clare Leighton
I went by the field (Psalms), BPL 667 1952
Clare Leighton
Tulip Poplar Bud BPL 517 1942
Clare Leighton
The Cello Player, BPL 722, circa 1957
Clare Leighton
Cinnamon Fern, BPL 508 1942
Clare Leighton
Louisiana Pilgrimage (BPL 525), 1942
Clare Leighton
Frontispiece Ellen… (BPL 564), 1944
Clare Leighton
Cotton Picker (BPL 491), Cotton Frontispiece, 1942
Clare Leighton
BPL 664 Hear ye children (BPL664) Psalms, circa 1952
Clare Leighton
Miller (BPL 497)