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John Edgar Platt, (English, 1886-1967)

The Irish Lady, Land's End

Color woodblock print. Signed in pencil at lower right, John Platt. Numbered and titled at left, 84/100 THE IRISH LADY, LAND'S END. Self-carved and self-printed by the artist, from a projected edition of 100 (78 recorded, some numbered out of 150), ca. February 1922.

23.4 by 30 cm

From 1923-29 Platt was the Principal at Leicester School of Art, where he made it a priority to present an education in art with real-world applications in various industries. He also invited Urushibara Yoshijirô (Mokuchû, 1888-1953), to demonstrate Japanese-style printmaking. Urushibara was a pivotal figure in Britain at the time; he had been sent to London to demonstrate woodblock printing at the Anglo-Japanese Exhibition in 1910, and managed to stay by taking a position at the British Museum mounting and restoring Asian paintings. Urushibara (who also taught Walter J. Phillips, cat. no. 33), Fletcher and Platt, are credited with advancing the technical proficiency of woodblock printmakers in Britain, and by extension, in Europe and America.

References:
Holme, Geoffrey, ed., Modern Woodcuts and Lithographs by British and French Artists, 1919, p. 32
Chapman, A Catalogue of the Colour Woodcuts of John Edgar Platt, 1999, p. 23, no. 9
Chazen Museum of Art, Color Woodcut International, 2006, p. 76, no. 20

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