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  • Autumn Fruits
    Hermes, Gertrude RA, born 1901 - died 1983
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Autumn Fruits

  • Object:


  • Date:

    1935 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hermes, Gertrude RA, born 1901 - died 1983 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood engraving on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case E, shelf 8, box B

Gertrude Hermes studied under Leon Underwood in the early 1920s and later formed the English Wood Engraving Society with a group that included Underwood himself. She became one of the most innovative wood-engravers of the 20th century, using an enormous range of tools and a virtuoso technique to create an extraordinary sense of light and movement. She often used a larger format than was conventional for this medium, and a circular block.

Physical description

Wood engraving, circular image of mushrooms, thistle heads, chestnuts and blackberries


1935 (printed)


Hermes, Gertrude RA, born 1901 - died 1983 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Wood engraving on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Gertrude Hermes Autumn Fruits
Signature and title; pencil

Date; pencil


Height: 39.8 cm, Width: 28.6 cm, :, :, :

Descriptive line

'Autumn Fruits' by Gertrude Hermes. Wood engraving on paper. 1935

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1947, London: HMSO, 1950.

Labels and date

Hermes used a circular woodblock to create this celebration of nature. The striking contrast between the black and white areas is enhanced by richly-textured detail. Using a variety of tools, some with multiple teeth, Hermes created patterns of fine lines for the mushroom gills and spiky prickles of the teasel plant. This inventive approach to mark-making made her one of the most innovative wood engravers of the 20th century. [August 2019]


Printing ink; Engraving block; Paper


Wood engraving

Subjects depicted

Autumn; Blackberries; Thistles; Nature; Fungi; The Seasons; Chestnuts



Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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