Four Hedges by Clare Leighton

‘Phrases and images fill you with delight … This is the most honest writing I’ve ever read’ Carol Klein

Clare Leighton was one of the finest engravers of the twentieth century. In the 1930s, when she settled in the countryside with her long-term partner, the political journalist Henry Noel Brailsford, she turned her creativity to the land. Gardening became her passion. Her obsession. This is the story of the garden she carved from meadowland deep in the Chiltern Hills.

Read the full introduction by Carol Klein

Paperback with flaps | 210 mm x 156 mm | 168 pages

Illustrated with 84 wood engravings by Clare Leighton



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Clare Leighton was born in London and studied at Brighton, Slade and Central schools of art. An accomplished writer, designer and artist, she is best known as a wood engraver who inspired a revival of the craft in Britain and North America. She illustrated books by Thomas Hardy, Gilbert White and Henry David Thoreau, as well as her own Four Hedges, Country Matters, The Farmer’s Year and Southern Harvest. She also created designs for Wedgewood and several stained glass windows for churches in New England. In 1939 she emigrated to America and settled in North Carolina, where she taught at Duke University and was elected to the National Academy.

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Weight350 g
Dimensions14 × 156 × 216 mm

1 review for Four Hedges by Clare Leighton

  1. Robin Lane Fox

    The historian and writer Robin Lane Fox has written a fabulous response to Clare Leighton’s Four Hedges in the Financial Times. ‘The half-acre garden behind her four hedges,’ he writes, ‘was only four years old when she wrote about it. Already she valued the fine gradations in the “multitudinous” forms of wild grass, long before our modern fashion for ornamental meadows. She loved so many wild flowers with local country names and even recalls one called “meet-him-in-the- entry-kiss-him-in-the-buttery”.’

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