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Buckland Wright (John), Collection of Letters to Christopher Sandford
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This collection is comprised of hand written and typed letters, postcards, and a few pieces of inserted works/proofs sent from the engraver John Buckland Wright to Christopher Sanford, the owner of the Golden Cockerel Press.
John Buckland Wright (1897-1954) was an eminent 20th century book illustrator, printmaker and engraver known for producing engraved works for numerous private presses. Born in New Zealand where he spent most of his childhood, he and his mother later moved to England in 1908. Though he briefly studied history in college and considered becoming an architect, he ultimately became a self-taught wood engraver. In the mid-1920s, John Buckland Wright moved to Brussels to experience its vibrant artist community, joining groups such as the Gravure Originale Belge and the Xylographes Belges. While at Brussels, he met the Scottish-Canadian musician Mary Bell Anderson whom he later married. After 1929, he went to Paris and spent the next decade working at the avant-garde printmaking shop Atelier 17 with its founder Stanley William Hayter, becoming its director in 1936. During this time, he collaborated with a number of illustrious artists including Matisse, Chagall, Picasso, Miró, and Dali. Returning to London in 1939 with the outbreak of WWII, he continued to be active in the printmaking and engraving scene during the war. In his later years, he started to teach printmaking at the Camberwell School of Art and the Slade School of art up until his unexpected death in 1954.
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Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Clark Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
This collection is open for research.