John FARLEIGH (1900-1965)

“In My End is My Beginning” (early editions of this print carry the title: “The End is Where We Start”)

Wood engraving, 1943

Artist’s proof unsigned. Edition of 50

460.9 x 310.1 mm.


“In My End is My Beginning” was the motto of Mary Queen of Scots (“En ma Fin git mon Commencement”) which she had embroidered not long before her execution. It was also used by T.S. Elliot in “East Coker”, 1940, referring to his relative, Andrew Elliot, who left East Coker for America in 1669. Elliott’s poem, as well as Farleigh’s print, express a message of hope that English communities will survive World War II. Pictured on page 158 of “Scene Through Wood a century of modern wood engraving” curated by Anne Desmet RA for the Ashmolean Museum to mark the 100th anniversary of the Society of Wood Engravers.

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