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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Four Hedges

Those of us who admire woodcuts enjoy the news that Clare Leighton's 1935 book Four Hedges has been re-released by Dovecote Press.

Clare Leighton (1898-1989) is considered one of the finest engravers of the twentieth century. She was born in Britain and emigrated to United States in her early 50’s and was the first woman to write a book on the techniques and art of wood engraving. She was a true master of print making and showed the respect for the dignity of labor and rhythm of nature through her art. The botanical accuracy is stunning in her work. She created more than 800 prints and illustrated over 65 books. Clare Leighton authored 14 books. She considered wood engraving as "the least to be taught and the most to be learn" of all media.

(Blackbird on Nest by Clare Leighton in Four Hedges)

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