[ 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.

Author: 
Clare Leighton [Clare Marie Veronica Leighton (1898–1989), English/American artist, writer and illustrator best known for her wood-engarvings
Publication details: 
Ash Swamp Road, Woodbury Co., 7 September 1977.
£500.00
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.