Clare Leighton papers, 1940-1968

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Leighton, Clare, 1898-1989
Clare Ellaline Hope Leighton was an English printmaker who immigrated to the United States in 1939. The Clare Leighton Papers date from the mid-twentieth century and include woodblocks, preparatory prints and drawings, engravings, and correspondence related to Leighton's artistic practice.
5.8 Linear Feet
594 Items
Material in English
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Scope and content:

The Clare Leighton Papers document Leighton's artistic production, and particularly her illustrations for the book Southern Harvest, published by the Macmillan Company in 1942, and The Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore, a seven-volume series published by Duke University Press from 1952-1964.

Materials in the collection include printer's proofs, preparatory sketches and prints, sketches, engravings, and a limited amount of correspondence related to the publication of Southern Harvest, the printing of Under the Greenwood Tree, and to the acquisition of the Clare Leighton Papers.

Biographical / historical:

Clare Leighton was born in England in 1898. She studied at Brighton College of Art and the Central and Slade Schools in London. Leighton is best known for her books of stories and illustrations of agrarian subjects and the American South. The artist was a member of Duke University's Department of Art, Aesthetics, and Music from 1943 to 1945 and was awarded several prizes for her artistic achievements.

For more information, see Hickman, Caroline. "Clare Leighton and the American South." Duke Library Magazine Vol. 17, No. 3 (Spring/Summer 2004).

Acquisition information:
The Clare Leighton Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a gift.
Processing information:

Processed by Elisabeth Narkin, February 2013

Encoded by Elisabeth Narkin, Meghan Lyon, February 2013

Updated to include unnumbered accession, Alice Poffinberger, January 2016

Updated with Acc. 2023-0167 by Meghan Lyon, Sept. 2023

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: UA 1993-0116, 2013-0008, 2023-0167

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Illustrated books -- History -- 20th century
Wood-engraving -- 20th century
Women artists
Duke University -- Faculty
Leighton, Clare, 1898-1989 -- Southern harvest


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