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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  For sale
£125
Artist Clare Leighton: Jacket Pattern I was just thinkin BPL733a
Clare Leighton
Jacket Pattern 'I was just thinkin'...  For sale
£475
Artist Clare Leighton: The House at Phillips Place, BPL 577
Clare Leighton
The House at Phillips Place, BPL 577  For sale
£1000
Artist Clare Leighton: Study of leather purses and drapes
Clare Leighton
Study of leather purses and drapes  For sale
£275
Artist Clare Leighton: Study of a butter churn
Clare Leighton
Study of a butter churn  For sale
£280
Artist Clare Leighton: Study of Adzes on a stable door
Clare Leighton
Study of Adzes on a stable door  For sale
£325
Artist Clare Leighton: Pantry with view through back door.
Clare Leighton
Pantry with view through back door.  For sale
£275
Artist Clare Leighton: I know all the Fowls, (BPL 650)
Clare Leighton
I know all the Fowls, (BPL 650)  For sale
£700
Artist Clare Leighton: Gulls and flowering yucca (BPL)
Clare Leighton
Gulls and flowering yucca (BPL)  For sale
£640
Artist Clare Leighton: Book with quill pen and ink bottle
Clare Leighton
Book with quill pen and ink bottle  For sale
£380
Artist Clare Leighton: Who Shall Ascend, (BPL 646)
Clare Leighton
Who Shall Ascend, (BPL 646)  For sale
£975
Artist Clare Leighton: I Was Just Thinking (BPL 729), 1958
Clare Leighton
I Was Just Thinking (BPL 729), 1958  For sale
£940
Artist Clare Leighton: Charm Me Asleep (BPL 758), Music & Dreams, 1962
Clare Leighton
Charm Me Asleep (BPL 758)  For sale
£875
Artist Clare Leighton: Frontispiece Ellen... (BPL 564)
Clare Leighton
Frontispiece Ellen... (BPL 564)  For sale
£1070
Artist Clare Leighton: He Brought Streams, (BPL 653) Psalms
Clare Leighton
He Brought Streams, (BPL 653) Psalms  For sale
£775
Artist Clare Leighton: Washing clothes Corsica (BPL258), 1934
Clare Leighton
Washing clothes Corsica (BPL258), 1934  For sale
£580
Artist Clare Leighton: The calf auction (BPL7), 1924
Clare Leighton
The calf auction (BPL7), 1924  For sale
£360
Artist Clare Leighton: Barges, (BPL 6)
Clare Leighton
Barges, (BPL 6)  For sale
£245
Artist Clare Leighton: Resting, 1931
Clare Leighton
Resting, 1931  For sale
£475
Artist Clare Leighton: Hatteras wreck, circa 1950 (BPL 626)
Clare Leighton
Hatteras wreck, circa 1950 (BPL 626)  For sale
£220
Artist Clare Leighton: In The Morning Sow The Seed (BPL 672)
Clare Leighton
In The Morning Sow The Seed (BPL 672)  For sale
£2500
Artist Clare Leighton: He That Gathereth (BPL 665) Psalms, 1952
Clare Leighton
He That Gathereth (BPL 665) Psalms  For sale
£1600
Artist Clare Leighton: BPL 664 Hear ye children (BPL664) Psalms, circa 1952
Clare Leighton
BPL 664 Hear ye children (BPL664)...  For sale
£875
Artist Clare Leighton: Louisiana Pilgrimage (BPL 525), 1942
Clare Leighton
Louisiana Pilgrimage (BPL 525), 1942  Reserved 
Artist Clare Leighton: And Dared to Call the Flowers My Own, 1941 (BPL 489)
Clare Leighton
And Dared to Call the Flowers My Own  For 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), 1955  For sale 
Artist Clare Leighton: Miller (BPL 497)
Clare Leighton
Miller (BPL 497)  For sale 
Artist Clare Leighton: Marble Quarrying, 1949-50
Clare Leighton
Marble Quarrying, 1949-50  Privately held 
Artist Clare Leighton: Ice Cutting, 1949-50
Clare Leighton
Ice Cutting, 1949-50  Privately held 
Artist Clare Leighton: Maple Sugaring, 1949-50
Clare Leighton
Maple Sugaring, 1949-50  Privately held 
Artist Clare Leighton: Farming, 1949-50
Clare Leighton
Farming, 1949-50  Privately held 
Artist Clare Leighton: Tobacco Growing, 1949-50
Clare Leighton
Tobacco Growing, 1949-50  Privately held 
Artist Clare Leighton: Logging, 1949-50
Clare Leighton
Logging, 1949-50  Privately held 
Artist Clare Leighton: Cod Fishing, 1949-50
Clare Leighton
Cod Fishing, 1949-50  Privately held 
Artist Clare Leighton: Caledonian Market
Clare Leighton
Caledonian Market  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: Sand Dunes, BPL 708
Clare Leighton
Sand Dunes, BPL 708  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: Low Tide, BPL 706
Clare Leighton
Low Tide, BPL 706  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: Picking Blueberries, BPL 699
Clare Leighton
Picking Blueberries, BPL 699  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: Sand Grass, BPL 704
Clare Leighton
Sand Grass, BPL 704  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: The Bliss of Solitude, BPL 759
Clare Leighton
The Bliss of Solitude, BPL 759  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: Beach Plum, BPL 703, circa 1954
Clare Leighton
Beach Plum, BPL 703, circa 1954  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: Odyssey (BPL 773) 1969
Clare Leighton
Odyssey (BPL 773) 1969  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: Shells, BPL 681
Clare Leighton
Shells, BPL 681  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: Whale vertebra, BPL 709
Clare Leighton
Whale vertebra, BPL 709  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: Where Land Meets the Sea - Cranberry, (BPL 685)
Clare Leighton
Where Land Meets the Sea - Cranberry  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: The Voice of the Lord, (BPL 647), c. 1952
Clare Leighton
The Voice of the Lord  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: Fishermen & Nets, (BPL 615)
Clare Leighton
Fishermen & Nets, (BPL 615)  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: The Ponds (BPL 676), Where Land Meets Sea, 1953
Clare Leighton
The Ponds (BPL 676)  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: Friendship Is A Sheltering Tree (BPL 755), 1962
Clare Leighton
Friendship Is A Sheltering Tree (BPL...  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: Fishing (chapter header) (BPL 689)
Clare Leighton
Fishing (chapter header) (BPL 689)  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: Cast Me Not Off (BPL 652), Psalms, 1952
Clare Leighton
Cast Me Not Off (BPL 652), Psalms, 1952  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: The Berry Picker (BPL 701)
Clare Leighton
The Berry Picker (BPL 701)  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: They That Go Down To The Sea (BPL 657), Psalms, 1952
Clare Leighton
They That Go Down To The Sea (BPL 657)  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: Breaking Camp (BPL192), 1931
Clare Leighton
Breaking Camp (BPL192), 1931  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: Umbrella menders Toulon (BPL 28 ), 1926
Clare Leighton
Umbrella menders Toulon (BPL 28 ), 1926  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: Trillium (BPL 522)
Clare Leighton
Trillium (BPL 522)  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: Quahaug Raker (BPL679), circa 1953
Clare Leighton
Quahaug Raker (BPL679), circa 1953  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: Boston Cod (BPL143)
Clare Leighton
Boston Cod (BPL143)  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: Mussel Gatherers Toulon - BPL 27
Clare Leighton
Mussel Gatherers Toulon - BPL 27  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: As the Fire Burneth, Psalms, BPL 654, 1951/52
Clare Leighton
As the Fire Burneth  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: Cranberry Bogs (BPL 684),
Clare Leighton
Cranberry Bogs (BPL 684),  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: Top Potential (BPL 744) circa 1961
Clare Leighton
Top Potential (BPL 744) circa 1961  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: St. Dunstan (BPL 750), Flowering Hawthorn, circa 1960
Clare Leighton
St. Dunstan (BPL 750)  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: The Dance (BPL 725), 1957
Clare Leighton
The Dance (BPL 725), 1957  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: Alabama Barn (BPL 533), Tobacco Barn, from Southern Harvest, 1942
Clare Leighton
Alabama Barn (BPL 533)  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: He Brought Me Up (BPL 649), Psalms, circa 1952
Clare Leighton
He Brought Me Up (BPL 649)  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: BPL 682 Blue Fish
Clare Leighton
BPL 682 Blue Fish  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: BPL 645 (Psalms) He sent from Above
Clare Leighton
BPL 645 (Psalms) He sent from Above  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: (BPL 648), Psalms 1952
Clare Leighton
(BPL 648), Psalms 1952  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: Fishing (Thoreau-River) BPL 740
Clare Leighton
Fishing (Thoreau-River) BPL 740  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: Out of the depths - (BPL 662) 1952
Clare Leighton
Out of the depths - (BPL 662) 1952  Sold 
Artist Clare Leighton: The composer (BPL 724)
Clare Leighton
The composer (BPL 724)  Sold 
Artist Clare Veronica Leighton: The Farmers Year, 1933
Clare Veronica Leighton
The Farmer's Year, 1933  Sold