Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Clare Leighton.


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I'm lucky to own a copy of this wonderful book, mine with an extremely torn and tatty dust cover.

However, it's not the outside that matters, it's all about Clare Leighton's magnificent illustrations.

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These are two of my favourites from the book; lopping the Willows (February), above, and ploughing (November) below.

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I'm not sure what other work Ms Leighton produced, but her month by month Farmer's Year is a total delight, and it's what she's mostly known for.

Google images should supply the rest of the illustrations.



27 comments:

  1. I just googled her and see she has lots of other books and woodcut engravings - on e-bay a first edition of A Farmers Year for $1,414.00

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    1. I wonder how much my one is worth; certainly not $1,400. Mine is also a first edition, but quite scruffy.

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  2. I like those pictures. I wonder if this book is available at the Guttenberg site. I'll pop over and check.

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    1. She was a wonderful artist. Wood block engraving is very unforgiving.

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  3. Wonderful illustrations. I'm going to do a quick search as well. I would like to see and read more

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    1. She's worth looking at; especially the rest of the illustrations from the book.

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  4. Coincidence! I dreamed last night that I threw out a very old newspaper which I was desperately trying to fish out from the street dustbins after my grandfather appeared telling me he had his savings hidden inside each page.
    I like the second illustration. I am going to go read about her now.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. 'Frustration' dreams are very upsetting, and can bug you for days, but how many of us ever have 'achievement' dreams?

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  5. I can see why you would like them, especially the top one. The bottom one is a little too 'heroic' I think.

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    1. It does have a Russian look about it.

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  6. I do love her work. I looked up more this morning and had no idea she was so prolific. She led an interesting life with bohemian mother. I will see if I can find a copy of her biography of her mother. I note I share the same birthday as Miss Leighton.

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    1. I was wondering if she shared a family link with my old friend, the painter Sara Leighton, but I think not.

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    2. She seems to have led a rather sad childhood and was not particularly lucky in love either. No wonder she went to live abroad.

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    3. She wasn't what you'd call 'glamorous'.

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  7. Reminds me of the Lino cut we have just bought

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    1. That's what made me think of Ms Leighton!

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  8. I've had it on my Amazon wish list for ever but it's either unavailable or £50+ so it's not likely to ever get here. Stupidly sold a copy of Four Hedges when we were buying and selling country books at shows. That was before I appreciated the drawings

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    1. Fifty quid doesn't sound bad. You could probably put it straight back on Ebay, and double your money!

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  9. I like what I see. Gosh, the last one is just brilliant.

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    1. She manages to put great power into her images.

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  10. Reminds me of images from the 1920's and 30's in the USA.

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    1. I think this book was first published in the 1930's.

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  11. Reminds me of Rockwell Kent. Same period.

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  12. Wonderful, Reminds me of Thomas Hart Benton and the American Artist of the 1930 and early 40's.

    cheers, parsnip

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  13. Wonderful pictures Cro - I love the easy flow of the lines.

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