Friday, May 23, 2014

Two Wood Engravings by John O'Connor

These two wood engravings arrived today. Very pleased with both of them and I only bought them through the good offices of a Front Free Endpaper correspondant so hat-tip to Stephen for his help. They are 1990s prints from 1950s blocks by John O'Connor and printed by Johnathan Stephenson at the Rocket Press in Oxfordshire.
O'Connor comes with quite the lineage being a student of Eric Ravilious, John Nash and R. S. Austin at The Royal College of Art in the 1930s. He became a teacher himself at a number of art colleges ending up as a visiting lecturer at St Martin's College of Art in London. He was a very active illustrator throughout a long twentieth century career, working well into old age.

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