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Brett, Simon, born 1943
The life and art of Clifford Webb / Simon Brett.
Dorchester [England] : Little Toller Books, 2019.
Physical Description:
222 pages : illustrations (some colour), portraits ; 27 cm
Reference Library
NJ18.W3747 B74 2019 (LC)
Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
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Includes bibliographical references.
"Clifford Webb (1894-1972) was one of Britain's foremost wood engravers and a successful illustrator of children's books, but today his work is often overlooked. Held in high esteem by his peers, he studied under Eric Gill and Walter Sickert, and later taught at St Martin's, but much of his work was either deliberately destroyed or otherwise failed to survive. Now, the renowned wood engraver Simon Brett has painstakingly assembled much of what remains of this extraordinary artist's output for this first book about Webb."--Publisher description.
Subject Terms:
Great Britain.
Illustrators -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Webb, Clifford, 1895-
Webb, Clifford, 1895-
Wood-engravers -- Great Britain -- Biography.

  • Introduction
  • Part one: life
  • A Limehouse lad: childhood apprenticeship and war
  • The soldier returns: student years, marriage and first successes
  • The good years: partnership: hard work and high living
  • Divided: the Second World War and Phyllis Barnes
  • On his own terms: life and teaching
  • A literary interlude: the evidence of Ella's books
  • Part two: work
  • The story of Noah and other 'Clifford Webb books'
  • Working methods: sketchbooks, watercolours, etchings and commissions
  • The colour prints: a front line in the fifties
  • Wood engraving: the continuing preoccupation
  • The Golden Cockerel Press: where wood engraving and illustration meet
  • Conclusion
  • Proofing album
  • Books illustrated by Clifford Webb
  • Acknowledgements.