[ Clare Leighton; wood engraver ] Substantial Typed Letter Signed Clare Leighton to specialist bookseller, Barry Marks, responding comprehensively to questions about her activities, exhibitions of her work, whether she sells engravings, and so on.

Clare Leighton [Clare Marie Veronica Leighton (1898–1989), English/American artist, writer and illustrator best known for her wood-engarvings
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Ash Swamp Road, Woodbury Co., 7 September 1977.
SKU: 23170

One page, sm. folio, airmail, one small closed tear, good condition. Text: I was glad to get your letter of 8th August and must apologise for my delay in answering it. I was, just then, caught up into a confusion of work. | I telephoned Mr Leventhal (he doesnt live in Woodbury, but in Boston; howeyer, we are in touch) and he was delighted at his good fortune in acquiring a copy of my FARMER'S YEAR. It is, now, yery rare, | […] (By the way, there is, at the moment, a three month retrospectiye of my work at the Boston Public Library, with an illustrated--partially so~~~~ catalogue which is a true catalogue raisonne. If you are interested I will send you a copy.) | I have had several special editions I have illustrated, and last year, for the Bicentennial, I did a book for the Book Club of California, called GROWING NEW ROOTS. It was, alas, available only to members. | The blocks of THE FARMER'S YEAR belong to me, and I haye a limited,signed edition of the prints from the book which are for sale. They are nearing their end, I fear. And as the Boston exhibition goes from there to San Francisco for three months and then to Los Angeles, I think they will be sought after. | I have often been asked if I sell the actual blocks. So far I have resisted it, though I have given some to one or two universities. But always I cancel them, with an engraved line obliquely across them. Yes,I most certainly haye engravings for sale. As a result of the various exhibitions I haye been having my market is good. (By the way, I am glad you think so highly of the work of George Mackley. I consider him exceptionally fine) There is very little wood engraving being done oyer here in America. I think it is because it is a tedious, lengthy medium so that you cant get rich quickly! | And dear Dayid Jones! I was very fond of him when lived in England. It is so good to see he is at last being recognised. | When I hear from you I will send you my dossier and the Boston catalogue.