Leon UNDERWOOD (1890-1975)

“The Ark”

Wood engraving, 1926


180 x 160 mm.


Sculptor, printmaker, painter and influential teacher, Leon Underwood counted Henry Moore, Eileen Agar Gertrude Hermes, Blair Hughes-Stanton and Roland Vivian Pitchforth amongst his pupils at his Brook Green School in London. He introduced wood engraving in his teaching early on and brought on Gertrude Hermes and Blair Hughes-Stanton who become two of the finest wood engravers in the twentieth century. He also engraved on wood himself and cut “The Ark” for the endpiece of his book “Animalia: Or Fibs about Beasts” which was published by Payson and Clarke in New York during the artist’s sojurn in the US. Pictured on page 29 of Albert Garrett’s “History of British Wood Engraving”.

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