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.

Paperback with flaps | 270 x 220 mm | 224 pages

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SIMON BRETT was taught wood engraving by Clifford Webb in the basement of Saint Martin’s School of Art during the 1960s, and has been making prints and illustrating books ever since, including works by Charlotte Brontë, Keats, Shelley, Byron and an edition of Shakespeare’s Pericles which stages the play on the page through 98 images on over 140 blocks. He is an associate of The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and was Chairman of The Society of Wood Engravers from 1986 to 1992. In 2013 his retrospective exhibition An Engraver’s Progress: Fifty Years of Wood Engraving was seen at the Bankside Gallery, London, and at the Holburne Museum, Bath. He also writes on the history and practice of wood engraving, and his previous books include An Engraver’s Globe and the bestselling Wood Engraving – How to do it. He lives in Marlborough, Wiltshire.