20th Century British Art

Clare Leighton (1898-1989)

Clare Hope Leighton (1898 - 1989) was an English/American artist, writer and illustrator, best known for her wood engravings.

Clare Leighton was born in London on 12 April 1898[1], the daughter of
Robert Leighton (1858-1934) and Marie Connor Leighton (1865-1941),
both authors. Her early efforts at painting were encouraged by her parents and her uncle Jack Leighton, an artist and illustrator. In 1915, she began formal studies at the Brighton College of Art and later trained at the Slade School of Fine Art (1921-23), and the Central School of Arts and Crafts, where she studied wood engraving under Noel Rooke.

During the late 1920s and 1930s, Leighton visited the United States on
a number of lecture tours. In 1939, at the conclusion of a lengthy relationship with the radical journalist Henry Brailsford, she emigrated to the US and became a naturalised citizen in 1945.

Over the course of a long and prolific career, she wrote and illustrated numerous books praising the virtues of the countryside and the people who worked the land. During the 1920s and 1930s, as the world around her became increasingly technological, industrial, and urban, Leighton portrayed rural working men and women. In the 1950s she created designs for Steuben Glass, Wedgwood plates, several stained glass windows for churches in New England and for the windows of Worcester Cathedral, Massachussetts (USA).

Leighton had two brothers, Roland and Evelyn. The older brother Roland
Leighton, immortalised in Vera Brittain's memoir, Testament of Youth,
was killed in action, December 1915. Evelyn became a captain in the Royal Navy and died in 1969.

The best known of her books are The Farmer's Year (1933; a calendar of
English husbandry), Four Hedges - A Gardener's Chronicle (1935; the
development of a garden from a meadow she had bought in the Chilterns)
and Tempestuous Petticoat; The story of an invincible Edwardian (1948;
describing her childhood and her bohemian mother). Autobiographical
text and illustrations are available in "Clare Leighton: the growth and shaping of an artist-writer", published 2009.

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Artist Clare Leighton: The Bridge at Mostar

Clare Leighton
The Bridge at Mostar
£125
Artist Clare Leighton: This and That, Jacket Pattern I was just thinkin BPL733

Clare Leighton
This and That
£475
Artist Clare Leighton: The House at Phillips Place, BPL 577

Clare Leighton
The House at Phillips Place, BPL 577
£1000
Artist Clare Leighton: Study of leather purses and drapes

Clare Leighton
Study of leather purses and drapes
£275
Artist Clare Leighton: French landscape with tree, fence and barrel, circa 1920s

Clare Leighton
French landscape with tree
£975
Artist Clare Leighton: Study of a butter churn

Clare Leighton
Study of a butter churn
£280
Artist Clare Leighton: Study of Adzes on a stable door

Clare Leighton
Study of Adzes on a stable door
£325
Artist Clare Leighton: Pantry with view through back door.

Clare Leighton
Pantry with view through back door.
£275
Artist Clare Leighton: I know all the Fowls, (BPL 650)

Clare Leighton
I know all the Fowls, (BPL 650)
£700
Artist Clare Leighton: Book with quill pen and ink bottle

Clare Leighton
Book with quill pen and ink bottle
£380
Artist Clare Leighton: Who Shall Ascend, (BPL 646)

Clare Leighton
Who Shall Ascend, (BPL 646)
£975
Artist Clare Leighton: I Was Just Thinking (BPL 729), 1958

Clare Leighton
I Was Just Thinking (BPL 729), 1958
£940
Artist Clare Leighton: Charm Me Asleep (BPL 758), Music & Dreams, 1962

Clare Leighton
Charm Me Asleep (BPL 758)
£875
Artist Clare Leighton: Frontispiece Ellen... (BPL 564)

Clare Leighton
Frontispiece Ellen... (BPL 564)
£1100
Artist Clare Leighton: He Brought Streams, (BPL 653) Psalms

Clare Leighton
He Brought Streams, (BPL 653) Psalms
£775
Artist Clare Leighton: Washing clothes Corsica (BPL258), 1934

Clare Leighton
Washing clothes Corsica (BPL258), 1934
£580
Artist Clare Leighton: The calf auction (BPL7), 1924

Clare Leighton
The calf auction (BPL7), 1924
£360
Artist Clare Leighton: Barges, (BPL 6)

Clare Leighton
Barges, (BPL 6)
£245
Artist Clare Leighton: Resting, 1931

Clare Leighton
Resting, 1931
£475
Artist Clare Leighton: The Malthouse, (BPL 1), 1923

Clare Leighton
The Malthouse, (BPL 1), 1923
£380
Artist Clare Leighton: Hatteras wreck, circa 1950 (BPL 626)

Clare Leighton
Hatteras wreck, circa 1950 (BPL 626)
£220
Artist Clare Leighton: Fishermen and Nets, circa 1950 (BPL 615)

Clare Leighton
Fishermen and Nets
£510
Artist Clare Leighton: Southern French landscape, circa 1925

Clare Leighton
Southern French landscape, circa 1925
£1200
Artist Clare Leighton: In The Morning Sow Thy Seed (BPL 672)

Clare Leighton
In The Morning Sow Thy Seed (BPL 672)
£2500
Artist Clare Leighton: He That Gathereth (BPL 665) Psalms, 1952

Clare Leighton
He That Gathereth (BPL 665) Psalms
£1600
Artist Clare Leighton: BPL 664 Hear ye children (BPL664) Psalms, circa 1952

Clare Leighton
BPL 664 Hear ye children (BPL664)...
£875
Artist Clare Leighton: Gulls and flowering yucca (BPL)

Clare Leighton
Gulls and flowering yucca (BPL)Reserved 
Artist Clare Leighton: And Dared to Call the Flowers My Own, 1941 (BPL 489)

Clare Leighton
And Dared to Call the Flowers My OwnFor sale 
Artist Clare Leighton: Louisiana Pilgrimage (BPL 525), 1942

Clare Leighton
Louisiana Pilgrimage (BPL 525), 1942For sale 
Artist Clare Leighton: When I Consider the Heavens (BPL 644) Psalms, 1952

Clare Leighton
When I Consider the Heavens (BPL...For sale 
Artist Clare Leighton: Watchers Of The Sky (BPL 719), 1955

Clare Leighton
Watchers Of The Sky (BPL 719), 1955For sale 
Artist Clare Leighton: Miller (BPL 497)

Clare Leighton
Miller (BPL 497)For sale 
Artist Clare Leighton: Marble Quarrying, BPL604, 1949-50

Clare Leighton
Marble Quarrying, BPL604, 1949-50 
Artist Clare Leighton: Ice Cutting, BPL607, 1949-50

Clare Leighton
Ice Cutting, BPL607, 1949-50 
Artist Clare Leighton: Maple Sugaring, BPL610, 1949-50

Clare Leighton
Maple Sugaring, BPL610, 1949-50 
Artist Clare Leighton: Farming, BPL609, 1949-50

Clare Leighton
Farming, BPL609, 1949-50 
Artist Clare Leighton: Tobacco Growing, BPL614, 1949-50

Clare Leighton
Tobacco Growing, BPL614, 1949-50 
Artist Clare Leighton: Logging, BPL 608, 1949-50

Clare Leighton
Logging, BPL 608, 1949-50 
Artist Clare Leighton: Cod Fishing, BPL613, 1949-50

Clare Leighton
Cod Fishing, BPL613, 1949-50