The Life and Art of Clifford Webb by Simon Brett

Clifford Webb was one of Britain’s foremost wood engravers and a successful illustrator, but today his work is often overlooked. Simon Brett has painstakingly assembled much of what remains of this extraordinary artist’s output for this first book about Webb – both an autobiography and an appreciation.

PUBLISHED IN FEBRUARY 2019. All orders will be recorded and sent out 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.

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Clifford Webb (1894-1972) was one of Britain’s foremost wood engravers and a successful illustrator of children’s books, but today his work is often overlooked. Held in high esteem by his peers, he studied under Eric Gill and Walter Sickert, and later taught at St Martin’s, but much of his work was either deliberately destroyed or otherwise failed to survive. Now, the renowned wood engraver Simon Brett has painstakingly assembled much of what remains of this extraordinary artist’s output for this first book about Webb – both an biography and an appreciation.

Webb was born in Limehouse, London, but later concealed his working-class background; his experiences fighting in the first world war on the western front and at Gallipoli left him badly wounded and suffering from trauma that lasted much of the rest of his life.

His confident lines and varied subject matter brought him critical acclaim, his illustrations for Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons and Swallowdale, alongside the many books for children he wrote and illustrated with Ella brought him public notice; this new, fully illustrated book will remind many of his extraordinary talent and will recruit many new enthusiasts.

PUBLISHED IN FEBRUARY 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.

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