Allen W. Seaby (1867-1953), Heron, by 1908, Colour woodcut on paper

Allen W. Seaby (1867-1953), Heron, by 1908, colour woodcut on paper, The University of Reading Department of Typography and Graphic Communication, [TYP/AS/32]

Widely acknowledged as one of his best works in the medium, this sublime low-angle study of a heron hidden among the reeds, his beak playfully piercing the black line that frames the print, comes from an early period in Seaby’s printmaking career (c.1903-1908).

In 1905, Seaby took over from Frank Morely-Fletcher as teacher of the class ‘woodcuts in colour’ based on ‘Japanese practice’, at a point that he was beginning to build an international reputation as a master of colour print. An impression of this print was exhibited in a Bond Street Gallery in 1908, and was acquired as part of a set of Seaby’s prints by the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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