Friday, November 5, 2010
Here is an article from the internet this morning. Being of New England ancestry, these are a favorite subject of mine. Pictured is the plate depicting the grist mill so well known in New England history.
CAPE COD — New England Industries, a series of 12 plates depicting wood engravings by Clare Leighton, is on exhibit at Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis. The plates, made in 1949 - 1950 by Wedgwood in England, are a gift of the late Brewster, MA sculptor Yvonne Backus.
In 1950, Leighton was asked by Wedgwood to create a set of 12 engravings depicting industries that formed the foundation of the New England heritage. Leighton created her beautiful tributes through a process called transfer printing.
Leighton’s prints are in the permanent collections of London’s British Museum; Victoria and Albert Museum; the Library of Congress in Washington, DC; the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina; and the Boston Museum of Fine Art among numerous others.