Celebrating the art of wood engraving over the last 100 years this special exhibition curated by Anne Desmet RA RE is a comprehensive survey of the most outstanding, seminal wood engraved prints from the Ashmolean’s collection, complemented with key additions from private collections including that of Desmet herself.
Including early engravers such as Albrecht Dürer and William Blake the exhibition will chart the history and development of the medium. Notable early 20th-century artists and mid-century greats will be prominent including John and Paul Nash, Eric Gill, Eric Ravilious, Lucien Pissarro, M C Escher, Henry Moore and Gertrude Hermes. More recent outstanding figures such as Edwina Ellis, Simon Brett and Anne Desmet will also be represented, along with selected engravings from international artists demonstrating the global spread of this widely loved art form.
Christ in Limbo, c. 1510
The Traveller, 1795
Harvest under a Crescent Moon, c.1826
Design of Arches, 1926
Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Robert Gibbings and the Heather Chalcroft Literary Agency
The Widow's Son of Nain (NOW), 1931
Bread Line, New York, 1932
Reproduced courtesy of the Artist's estate
Eric William Ravilious
Famous Tragedy of the Rich Jew of Malta: man plunging into flaming sea, 1933
Reproduced courtesy of The Estate of Blair Hughes-Stanton