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John Buckland Wright

  1897 – 1954
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[The Scribe]

[The Scribe]   1953

Original wood engraving.

Unique proof impression, printed in terracotta ink, folded to form a greetings card. Inscribed extensively in ink by John Buckland Wright’s wife, Mary, as a greetings card dated January 1st 1954.


[Yellow Angel]

[Yellow Angel]   1951

Original line engraving and etching, printed in colour.

Unique proof impression, printed in balck and yellow inks, folded to form a Christmas card. Signed and inscribed by John Buckland Wright for Christmas 1951.


[Night Flight]

[Night Flight]   c.1955

Original line engraving.

Private proof impression, folded to form a greetings card. Inscribed extensively in ink by John Buckland Wright’s wife, Mary, as a Christmas and New Year card for 1955.


Rosette and Isnabel

Rosette and Isnabel   1937

Original line engraving.

Beautiful, crisp impression from the edition of 500 impressions, as published in Mademoiselle de Maupin by T. Gautier (Golden Cockerel Press, 1938).


Six Fishergirls / Six Bathers sold

Six Fishergirls / Six Bathers   1954

Original etching.

Excellent proof impression, from the only edition of 30 stamped and numbered proofs.

One of the last independent engravings which John Buckland Wright completed prior to his untimely death in 1954.


Shelter No.I sold

Shelter No.I   1940

Original wood engraving.

One of only 12 proofs pulled from this block (the intended edition of 30 impressions was never completed).



John Buckland Wright (b. New Zealand) was a perfectionist, fascinated by technique, whose assiduous study of the female figure, combined with his naturally elegant style led him to an absolute mastery of depicting the female form. In particular, he was intrigued by the sensual movement of clothing over the contours of the body in various attitudes of movement. It would appear that even when depicting the effects of the Second World War in his "Shelter" scenes, Buckland Wright could not be restrained from displaying his exceptional gift for portraying the female form – a gift which remains unsurpassed in twentieth-century British printmaking. [more]