Leighton, Clare

(1898 – 1989)

Farmer and Statue of Liberty, 1930's

SKU: 7098

Original woodblock (unfinished), cancelled

Size:
Height: 10.2cm
Width: 7.2cm

DESCRIPTION

Provenance:
The Artist’s Estate

Having previously made several lecturing tours of the United States in the 20’s and early 30’s, Leighton moved to America at the outbreak of World War II, and in 1945 became an American citizen. A teaching position at Duke University in 1943 brought her into contact with Professor Frank C. Brown’s pioneering effort to collect North Carolina folklore. Eventually, the project grew to seven published volumes, all of which Leighton illustrated. She received many honours and awards in America, but maintained strong links with England, representing Britain at the Venice Biennale as a superlative engraver.

New York is the setting for one of Leighton’s most famous prints, ‘Bread Line, New York’, 1932. A copy of the work (image below) is part of the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. ‘Farmer and Statue of Liberty’ is thought to have been produced for Clare Leighton’s ‘Growing New Roots’, 1976. 

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THE ARTIST

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.

MORE PICTURES BY ARTIST

Clare Leighton
The Reverend Hill Walks Away, BPL500, 1942
£2,900.00
Clare Leighton
The Darking Thrush, Hardy Shepherds, (Thomas Hardy), BPL 774b 1965
£1,900.00
Clare Leighton
Singing, BPL 723 1957
£3,360.00
Clare Leighton
I went by the field (Psalms), BPL 667 1952
£1,000.00
Clare Leighton
Tulip Poplar Bud BPL 517 1942
£975.00
Clare Leighton
The Cello Player, BPL 722, circa 1957
£2,800.00
Clare Leighton
Cinnamon Fern, BPL 508 1942
£1,500.00
Clare Leighton
Louisiana Pilgrimage (BPL 525), 1942
£1,500.00
Clare Leighton
Frontispiece Ellen… (BPL 564), 1944
£1,100.00
Clare Leighton
Cotton Picker (BPL 491), Cotton Frontispiece, 1942
£1,000.00
Clare Leighton
BPL 664 Hear ye children (BPL664) Psalms, circa 1952
£1,500.00
Clare Leighton
Miller (BPL 497)
£1,900.00