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Clare Veronica Hope Leighton (1898 - 1989) was an English/American artist, writer and illustrator, best known for her wood engravings.

Clare Leighton was born in London on 12 April 1898, the daughter of Robert Leighton (1858-1934) and Marie Connor Leighton (1865-1941), both authors. Her early efforts at painting were encouraged by her parents and her uncle Jack Leighton, an artist and illustrator. In 1915, she began formal studies at the Brighton College of Art and later trained at the Slade School of Fine Art (1921-23), and the Central School of Arts and Crafts, where she studied wood engraving under Noel Rooke.

During the late 1920s and 1930s, Leighton visited the United States on a number of lecture tours. In 1939, at the conclusion of a lengthy relationship with the radical journalist Henry Brailsford, she emigrated to the US and became a naturalised citizen in 1945.

Over the course of a long and prolific career, she wrote and illustrated numerous books praising the virtues of the countryside and the people who worked the land. During the 1920s and 1930s, as the world around her became increasingly technological, industrial, and urban, Leighton portrayed rural working men and women. In the 1950s she created designs for Steuben Glass, Wedgwood plates, several stained glass windows for churches in New England and for the transept windows of Worcester Cathedral, England.

Leighton had two brothers, Roland and Evelyn. The older brother Roland Leighton, immortalised in Vera Brittain's memoir, Testament of Youth, was killed in action, December 1915. Evelyn became a captain in the Royal Navy and died in 1969.

The best known of her books are The Farmer's Year (1933; a calendar of English husbandry), Four Hedges - A Gardener's Chronicle (1935; the development of a garden from a meadow she had bought in the Chilterns) and Tempestuous Petticoat; The story of an invincible Edwardian (1948; describing her childhood and her bohemian mother). Autobiographical text and illustrations are available in "Clare Leighton: the growth and shaping of an artist-writer", published 2009.

Clare Leighton died 4th November 1989 and her ashes are buried in a cemetery in Waterbury, Connecticut.

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Total Books: 14
The Farmer's Year A Calendar of English Husbandry
2012 - The Farmer's Year a Calendar of English Husbandry (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781908213112
ISBN-10: 1908213116
Genre: Science & Math
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Four Hedges
2010 - Four Hedges (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780956254535
ISBN-10: 0956254535
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Four Hedges
1992 - Four Hedges [Illustrated Gardening] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780712647113
ISBN-10: 0712647112
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home
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Where Land Meets Sea The Enduring Cape Cod
1984 - Where Land Meets Sea the Enduring Cape Cod [Nonpareil Book, 32.] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780879234249
ISBN-10: 0879234245
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Where Land Meets Sea The Enduring Cape Cod
1973 - Where Land Meets Sea the Enduring Cape Cod (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780856990564
ISBN-10: 0856990566
Genre: Nonfiction
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Four Hedges A Gardener's Chronicle
1970 - Four Hedges a Gardener's Chronicle (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780575005747
ISBN-10: 0575005742
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Wood-engraving 2
1944 - Wood-engraving 2 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780670423293
ISBN-10: 0670423297
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THE FARMER'S YEAR A CALENDAR OF ENGLISH HUSBANDRY
The Farmer's Year a Calendar of English Husbandry (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780712652889
ISBN-10: 0712652884
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Southern Harvest
Southern Harvest (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780820319483
ISBN-10: 0820319481
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Give Us This Day
Give Us This Day [Essay Index Reprint Series] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780836925135
ISBN-10: 0836925130
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Tempestuous Petticoat The Story of an Invincible Edwardian
Quiet Spirit Skillful Hand The Graphic Work of Clare Leighton
Quiet Spirit Skillful Hand the Graphic Work of Clare Leighton (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780976230052
ISBN-10: 0976230054
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French Cooking
French Cooking [Magna All-colour Cookbooks] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781854224767
ISBN-10: 185422476X
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