Clare Leighton Corsican Washerwomen Woodcut in 1935 Magazine with Later Hand Written Signature c. 1980


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Title: Corsican Washerwomen
Artist: Clare Leighton - (1898-1989) - English/American artist
Signature: Separate signature hand signed by the artist, attached to the top margin of the print.
Date: 1935
Edition: A reproduction print bound in the literary journal The London Mercury.
Dimensions: The print measures 5 x 6 inches. The journal measures 7 x 10 inches.
Condition: Very Good condition with some lights stains in the margins. The journal has some staining throughout. The print is in a magazine and has printing on the back.
References: Clare Leighton was an internationally known artist whose works are in many public collections. This book with the artist's signature came from the estate of a private collection of the artist's works.
Presentation: Bound in the literary journal as published.
Description: This auction is for a 1935 London Mercury literary journal with a reproduction of Clare Leighton's wood engraving "Corsican Washerwomen." As part of a friendship with a California couple who collected her books and prints, Leighton regularly sent signed bookplates to them at their request. This one was probably signed around 1980. When they received it, they attached it to the book. The woodcut is not an original, but the signature is authentic. This is a nice piece of ephemera for a collection of Leighton's work or an autograph collection.

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Clare Leighton was born and raised in Great Britain, but she moved to America in 1939, residing first in North Carolina, then Connecticut, where she died at the age of 100 in 1989. She is acclaimed for her central role in the Arts and Crafts revival of British wood engraving. Her commissioned book illustrations set a new standard in commercially produced literature, while her own writings revived interest in mid-century rural culture. Her 1932 book Wood-Engraving and Woodcuts was the first book produced on the subject by a woman, and she played a key role in popularizing the medium.

Leighton began formal studies at the Brighton College of Art and later trained at the Slade School of Fine Art (1921-23), and the Central School of Arts and Crafts, where she studied wood engraving under Noel Rooke. During the late 1920s and 1930s, Leighton visited the U.S. on a number of lecture tours. In 1939, at the conclusion of a lengthy relationship with the radical journalist Henry Brailsford, she emigrated to the U.S. and became a naturalised citizen in 1945.

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