Philip HAGREEN (1890-1988)
“Our Lady of the Rosary”
Woodcut printed at St. Dominic’s Press, Ditchling
Signed in pen
485 x 400 mm.
Hagreen rarely signed his work believing his skill with engraving was a gift from God and his art should glorify God rather than himself! Hagreen studied with Norman Garstin and Harold and Laura Knight in Cornwall. He was a founder member of the Society of Wood Engravers and a close associate of Eric Gill joining him at Ditchling in 1923. His fellow artist, Edgar Holloway, said of him, “Considering his great skills in lettering and engraving and comparing him to well-known contemporaries…Hagreen had been probably the most unappreciated engraver of the century.” However, as mentioned earlier, Hagreen didn’t believe in self-promotion which makes this signed woodcut quite rare.