Clare Leighton

British, b.1898, d.1989

Apple Picking

  • Presented by Mr Rex Nan Kivell, 1953
  • Wood-engraving
  • 280 x 384mm
  • 94/71
  • 1933

Clare Leighton was a prolific wood engraver and a significant figure in the British wood engraving revival of the first half of the twentieth century. Much of her work was based on rural subjects which she often used to illustrate her own books. Apple Picking was one of twelve illustrations for The Farmer’s Year (1933). Leighton studied wood engraving under Noel Rooke at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London. In 1932 she published an important manual on wood engraving techniques. Her work is noted for the intense contrasts between black and white. Leighton moved to the United States in 1939.

(Turn, Turn, Turn: A Year in Art, 27 July 2019 – 8 March 2020)

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  • Clare Leighton was a prolific wood engraver and a significant figure in the British wood engraving revival of the first half of the 20th century. Much of her work was based on rural subjects which she often used to illustrate her own books. Apple Picking was one of twelve illustrations for The Farmer’s Year (1933). Leighton studied wood engraving under Noel Rooke at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London. In 1932 she published an important manual on wood engraving techniques. Her work is noted for the intense contrasts between black and white. Leighton moved to the United States in 1939.