The Life and Art of Clifford Webb by Simon Brett

Clifford Webb (1894–1972) was one of the foremost wood engravers and illustrators of the twentieth century and was a leading light in a golden age of printmaking. Yet his life and work have been overlooked for over half a century. When Clifford Webb died in 1972, much of his work was lost. But thanks to the determination of Simon Brett, who has painstakingly assembled what remains of Webb’s extraordinary vision, a new generation can now discover a ferocious talent and reclaim an artistic voice that was almost lost to history.

Large format paperback with flaps, 224 pages, sumptuous illustration throughout.

PUBLISHED IN MARCH 2019. All orders will be recorded and sent out on publication. PLEASE NOTE: The pre-orders on this book have exceeded our expectations. While existing orders will be fulfilled in March, any new orders will now be sent in APRIL 2019. 

Read the introduction

 

SKU: CLIFFORDWEB Categories: , , ,

£30.00

Available on back-order

Clifford Webb (1894–1972) is one of Britain’s foremost wood engravers and illustrators of the twentieth century. Alongside Gertrude Hermes, Lucien Pissarro, Reynolds Stone, Gwen Raverat and Robert Gibbings, he was a leading light in a golden age of printmaking. Yet his life and work have been overlooked for over half a century.

Born in Limehouse, London, to a working-class family that he spent much of his adult life trying to conceal, Clifford Webb joined the Westminster School of Art in 1919, after he returned wounded and traumatised from the First World War. Webb’s talents were recognised by Walter Sickert and Eric Gill, and by the time he left art school he had developed a reputation for abstraction and modernism, tackling a variety of subjects with confident, bold marks. He was soon invited to teach at the Birmingham School of  Art and by the mid-1920s was associated with the Artists Craftsmen’s Group and the Modern Group, as well as the famous Golden Cockerel Press. After the Second World War, he taught at Saint Martin’s in London and was a pioneer of colour relief printmaking during the 1950s and 1960s. Clifford’s prolific output and exhibitions brought him critical acclaim, and the chance to illustrate a book called Swallows and Amazons by one Arthur Ransome.

Sadly, when Clifford Webb died in 1972, much of his work was lost. But thanks to the determination of Simon Brett, who has painstakingly assembled what remains of Webb’s extraordinary vision, a new generation can now discover a ferocious talent and reclaim an artistic voice that was almost lost to history.

Large format paperback with flaps, 224 pages, sumptuous illustration throughout.

PUBLISHED IN MARCH 2019. Orders will be recorded and sent on publication.

About the author – Simon Brett is an engraver and books illustrator, who has exhibited in many galleries and was the subject of a major retrospective at the Bankside Gallery in 2013. He lives in Marlborough, Wiltshire.

Additional information

Weight1000 g
Dimensions220 × 270 mm

Reviews

There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “The Life and Art of Clifford Webb by Simon Brett”

Your e-mail address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.