PASTORALE, WOOD-ENGRAVINGS BY LUCIEN PISSARRO, WITH AN IN...
by Pissarro, Lucien
One of 160 copies made on Batchelors Crown and Sceptre paper, quarter-bound in pre-war Fabriano Ingres printed sides, in a slipcase. In 1965, Orovida, the daughter of Lucien Pissarro who started the Eragny Press with his wife Esther in 1894, presented most of her father's wood-engravings, and his book of proofs, to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. This edition of some of Lucien's finest engravings was printed at the Whittington Press from the original blocks and was issued to mark an exhibition of the work of the Eragny Press at the Ashmolean in early 2011. Four engravings are printed in colour using a technique pioneered by Lucien using pale and subdued colours to build up images of great charm and subtlety. A unique memento of a much loved and collected early private press, whose small editions are increasingly hard to find.