The Farmer’s Year by Clare Leighton
“No-one in our time has better succeeded in presenting the noble massiveness and breadth of life on the earth on a scale so grand.” Eric Gill
In the early 1930s, as the world was gripped by the Great Depression, the artist Clare Leighton began work on a sequence of wood engravings depicting traditional farming in England over the course of a year. Already established as one of the most innovative engravers of her time, Leighton was encouraged to write a series of sketched to illustrate each of the twelve engravings. The result was The Farmer’s Year, the first book that Leighton wrote, illustrated and designed and remains her most celebrated work, a unique and beautiful record of the toil and triumphs of farm workers before the Second World War.
Paperback with flaps | 285 mm x 245 mm | 64 pages
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CLARE LEIGHTON was born in London and studied at Brighton, Slade and Central art schools. 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 (published by Little Toller), The Farmer’s Year and Southern Harvest. In 1932, shortly after publishing her celebrated volume Wood-Engraving and Woodcuts, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, devoted an exhibition to her work. 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.