Clare Leighton: The Malthouse, (BPL 1), 1923 - on Clare Leighton



Clare Leighton:
The Malthouse, (BPL 1), 1923

Unmounted (ref: 5712)
Signed titled and printed by artist's nephew from the original block
7 x 5 in. (18 x 12.5 cm)

Tags: Clare Leighton engraving print work

Provenance: The Artist's Estate; Private collection

This was Leighhtons second woodengraving and provide an auspicious start to her career: The second block, of a Bishop's Stortford mauthouse, determinded my future.   Timidly I sent the print to an exhibition, where, to my amazement, it was accepted and hung.  Yet more to my amazement , it was purchased by Eric Gill ...... (see Clare Leighton, The Growth and Shaping of An Artist-Writer, p. 9, Published by The Estate of Clare Leighton) 

The edition of the Malthouse  given in the BPL catalogue is 50, and dated 1923 - whether the whole edition was actually printed or signed is unknown.  The Malthouse in question was in Bishops Stortford, not so far from The Leightons’ rented summer retreat at Lowestoft.

The Malthouse  was later published as plate I in Woodcuts: Examples of the Work of Clare Leighton.  by Longmans, Green & Co. in 1930.

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