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Clare Leighton (1898 - 1989)

Fishermen and Nets, circa 1950 (BPL 615)

SKU: 5710
Woodcut, signed and titled in pencil  by artist’s nephew
6 1/2 in. x 4 3/4 ins.  (16.5 x  12 cm)

Size:
Height – 16.5cm
Width – 12cm

DESCRIPTION

Provenance:
from the Artist’s Estate; thence by descent.
Presentation:
folio

Provenance: from the Artist’s Estate; thence by descent.

Fishermen and nets (Boston Public Library reference no. 615) was commissioned for
The Marblehead Association in 1950.  It dates to a period when Leighton was producing  some of her most memorable prints, based around the subject of American rural life, much as she had done two decades earlier in her celebration of English rural life (The Farmers Year, 1933)Fishermen with nets is closely related to the images she produced in the same year for Wedgwood Plates with twelve designs of New England Industries and the twenty four
illustrations produced  for The Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore (published in a seven-volume series by Duke University Press from 1952 to 1964). Caroline Mesrobian Hickman has described Leighton’s treatment of these subjects as follows: 
Leighton’s wood engravings portray the rural folk of North Carolina as they harvest, gather for social rites, and participate in recreational activities typical of their region. Appalachian mountain people join in communal events such as All Day Singing in the Mountains (plate 129), Piedmont tenant farmers prepare to dry their crop in Firing the Tobacco Barns (plate 133), while in Dragging Nets (plate 128), fishermen strain to pull in their harvest from the bracing waters of the Outer Banks. In her quest for accuracy, Leighton coordinated her sketching trips throughout the state with the harvesting of various crops, lived and worked with the agricultural people, and even located a still in the mountains for the engraving Moonshine Still (plate 135). The illustrations are not only a harvest of her creativity but also an accurate visual record of the customs and agricultural practices of a by-gone era.


We are grateful to  Caroline Mesrobian Hickman
and David Leighton for assistance.

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THE ARTIST

Clare Leighton
Clare
Leighton
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.

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