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Clare Veronica Hope Leighton (1898-1989)

Clare Leighton was born in London to two fiction writers, serialized scenario and Melodrama writer Marie Connor and Robert Leighton who wrote adventure stories for boys.  Her early education was private but she later studied at the Brighton School of Art and later the Slade School.  Most importantly, however, was her introduction to wood engraving through Noel Rook at the Central School of Art and Design in 1922.  Little more than a year later she exhibited with the Society of Wood Engravers along with many established engravers including Eric Gill, Robert Gibbings, and John Nash.  Her work led to collaborations with writers such as Thornton Wilder and Thomas Hardy.  Between 1930 and 1976 she authored and illustrated 15 books, most of which were devoted to nature or the occupations of ordinary workers.

After a visit to the United States in 1939 she decided to live first on Long Island, then Maryland, North Carolina, and finally as a new U.S. citizen (as of 1945), Woodbury, Connecticut.  She proved multi talented earning commissions for stained-glass windows for New England churches and Cathedrals, ceramic plate designs for Wedgwood and glass pieces for Steuben.  She was also the designer for her own home in Woodbury.

Leighton’s work is represented in the permanent collections of the Baltimore Museum, Boston Public Library, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, British Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, Cleveland Museum of Art, Fogg Museum at Harvard, Library of Congress, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum, National Gallery of Canada, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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