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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Title: The Ploughman

Title of artwork:
The Ploughman
Artist:
Annesley, Mabel
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Wood engraving
Engraver:
Annesley, Mabel
Author:
Coppard, Alfred Edgar
Title of Publication:
Songs from Robert Burns
Publisher:
Golden Cockerel Press
Publication place:
Waltham Saint Lawrence, Berkshire
Publication date:
1925
Curator Comment:
This volume of 'Songs from Robert Burns' was edited by A.E. Coppard for the Golden Cockerel Press in 1925. Annesley’s illustrations for the publication are among her most regarded. Reflecting the ethos of the Robert Gibbings-led Golden Cockerel Press, as an illustrator Annesley involved herself fully in the image-creating process, both technically and in her subjective interpretation the text.
Note on artwork:
Annesley executed her designs for Burn's text in her signature expressive manner. Her mark-making on the wood block surface was varied, creating a richly patterned effect. This technical approach was combined with a careful balancing of black and white elements. Whilst the motifs are somewhat reduced they are not overly stylised - the natural anatomical forms of the horses and figure are evident. The dramatic skyline and rolling landscape creates energy and a sense of movement.
References:
Snoddy (2002) and ODNB online and DIB online


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