MacGregor, Miriam : New Castle; A Brief Encounter


 

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Risbury, The Whittington Press, 1998, Limited Edition. Hardcover, 4to 11" - 13" tall, 20pp. Paper covered boards hand stencilled with a brick paving pattern, paper spine label bearing titles, internally clean and bright, illustrated with 11 pochoir illustrations (4 full page and one 2 page spread). Number 24 of "100 possible copies" hand-set in 14pt Walbaum, printed on Zerkall mould-made paper and signed by the artist/author on the limitation page. The book is contained in it's original slipcase.

Miriam MacGregor was born in India, moving to England when she was ten. Her introduction to wood engraving came while at the Central School of Art, where she encountered the engraver, John Lawrence, and marvelled at the speed and fluency with which he worked. Later, while working as a typographer for B.T. Batsford, she began to produce engravings of her own. In 1976, having attended an open day at the Whittington Press, she offered her services as a compositor and, while the press didn't really need one, John Randle was so impressed by her engravings that he decided to take her on. Working at the press helped her to focus on engraving and in 1977 she illustrated her first book for the press ('Cotswold Days', 1977). Many more have followed and she's also illustrated a number of books for the Folio Society. She has produced two major pochoir books for the Whittington Press, 'New Castle' (1998) and 'A House by the Sea' (2005) and, in these brilliantly colourful books, Miriam Macgregor has taken the art of pochoir illustration to new heights.

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