Clare Veronica Leighton (1898 – 1989) British wood engraver, stained glass designer, and writer. Clare Leighton is one of the most significant printmakers of the 20th century. She was born and studied in England but became an American in 1945. She wrote and illustrated numerous books and became well known for her focus on rural subjects in the face of an urbanised society. She had a great influence on many Canadian artists that are found in the AGGV collection. (Works – Clare Veronica Leighton – People – eMuseum)
She studied wood engraving at the Slade School of Fine Art and the Brighton School of Art. Noel Rooke directed the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London.
Her wood engravings, which were primarily figurative and produced as fine art as well as illustrations for mass production. Her artwork was collected in a book that was published in 1930 and had an introduction by Hilaire Belloc. She contributed illustrations to several books, including Emily Brönte’s Wuthering Heights and The Farmer’s Years: a Calendar of English Husbandry (with her text and decorations). Country Matters and Four Hedges: a Gardener’s Chronicle (1935) (1937). She authored the books “Wood Engravings and Woodcuts” and “Wood Engravings of the 1930s” for The Studio.
“Art should never be separated from the daily life and needs of the people.”
Clare Veronica Leighton
During the late 1920s and 1930s, Leighton visited the United States on several lecture tours. At the onset of World War II, she moved to America. Initially, she lived on Long Island but later moved to Baltimore. In 1943, Leighton taught at Duke University, and in 1945, she became an American citizen. She eventually settled in Woodbury, Connecticut, where she worked until the late 1980s.”(“Clare Veronica Leighton”) She moved to the USA in 1939, creating several stained-glass windows and the 1951 collection of twelve engravings for Wedgwood plates.
In 1939, she represented British wood engravers at the Venice Biennale. Her 1938 Picking Primroses wood engraving was displayed in the London Hayward Gallery’s “Thirties” exhibition in 1979–1980.
“Clare Veronica Leighton.” Artist Info, http://www.nga.gov/collection/artist-info.4639.html. Accessed 18 June 2023.
“Works – Clare Veronica Leighton – People – eMuseum.” Works – Clare Veronica Leighton – People – eMuseum, 1 Jan. 1946, aggv.ca/emuseum/people/3308/clare-veronica-leighton;jsessionid=590CBD44FCD1CC8852161EE141100A27/objects.