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Print - Hirta, St. Kilda

Hirta, St. Kilda

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2019 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Paynter, Hilary, born 1943 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    paper

  • Museum number:

    E.1040-2019

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 149, box C

In wood engraving, a design is drawn onto the surface of a block of polished hard wood such as box. Fine tools are used to remove those parts of the design that are to print white leaving behind a tracery of lines and shapes in relief. These are inked with a sticky ink, stiff enough to prevent it from falling into the hollows and an impression is taken using hand pressure or a press.

Hirta is one of four small islands forming the St Kilda archipelago off the western coast of Scotland. In this desolate evocation of it, the only suggestion of human habitation is provided by a string of cottages called The Street that was abandoned in the 1930s as life had become too remote and challenging. Paynter's work shows impeccable technique and an exceptional creative range. It features dramatic landscapes, coastlines and buildings rich in heritage as well as gentler pastoral scenes. It includes more personal observations within her home and of her children, private and intimate commissions for bookplates and Christmas cards, and illustrations for private press. Perhaps her greatest contribution to the medium is represented by her social and political commentaries and works that address psychological issues related to daily life. Paynter became Secretary and later Chair of the reformed Society of Wood Engravers in the 1980s and has been instrumental in the resurgence of wood engraving as a medium. In 2006, she became President of the Society of Painter-Printmakers in recognition of her outstanding contribution to printmaking.

Physical description

Wood engraving, inscribed with edition number, title and signature in pencil.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

2019 (printed)

Artist/maker

Paynter, Hilary, born 1943 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

paper

Marks and inscriptions

'23/50, Hirta, St. Kilda, Hilary Paynter'

Dimensions

Height: 22 cm image, Width: 23 cm image

Descriptive line

Wood engraving, Hirta, St. Kilda, Hilary Paynter, 2019

Materials

Paper; Printing ink

Techniques

Wood engraving

Categories

Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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