Clare Veronica Hope Leighton
Born in Britain in 1898, Clare Veronica Hope Leighton helped revive the art of wood engraving in England and America. She is primarily known for her work as a printmaker, but she also designed book illustrations, bookplates, engravings, illustrations, mosaics and stained glass windows.
Leighton studied at the Brighton College of Art, the Slade School of Fine Art and the Central School of Art and Design in London. During the 1920s and 1930s she taught, exhibited and made numerous lecture tours in the United States, emigrating to America in 1939. She became an American citizen in 1945. In 1943 she began teaching at Duke University where she met Professor Frank C. Brown and joined his effort to collect North Carolina folklore. The project eventually grew to seven published volumes, all illustrated by Leighton.
Leighton often portrayed rural working men and women, reminding her viewers of the simpler values of hard work, fresh air and community.