The Wood Engravings Of Gwen Raverat. London, Faber and Faber, 1959.
London, Faber and Faber, 1959. Gwen Darwin was born in Cambridge, England, in 1885. She was part of the very influential Darwin-Wedgwood family. She was the daughter of George Howard Darwin and his wife Maud du Puy. She was the granddaughter of the naturalist Charles Darwin and the first cousin of the poet Frances Cornford. Raverat was one of the very first wood engravers recognised as modern. She went to the Slade School in 1908, but stood outside the groups growing up at the time, the group that gathered around Eric Gill at Ditchling and the group that grew up at the Central School of Art and Design around Noel Rooke. She was influenced by the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists and developed her own painterly style of engraving. There was some similarity between her early engravings and those of Gill, and she did know Gill, but the similarity was based mostly on her black line style at the time, influenced by Lucien Pissarro, and the semi-religious themes that she then chose. 1st Edition 4to in original grey cloth boards, now protected and green and gilt title on spine. No dust jacket. 135pp, 107pp of which are profusely illustrated with b/w wood engravings printed from the original blocks. Good condition. 290 x 225mm. Bookseller Inventory # 000056