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Print - Harvest Corn
  • Harvest Corn
    Underwood, Leon, born 1890 - died 1975
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Harvest Corn

  • Object:


  • Date:

    1943 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Underwood, Leon, born 1890 - died 1975 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lino-cut on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased under the terms of the A. M. Shrimpton and William Giles Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case E8B

Leon Underwood (1890-1975) was a painter, sculptor and printmaker. He was an influential teacher with a particular interest in life drawing and the human form. He also travelled widely and was particularly interested in African and South American sculpture and Paleolithic art. His interest in so called 'primitive' art, however, was rooted more in a sense of its popular appeal than its abstract formal qualities. His own work reflects this. The reclining figure here recalls Mexican sculpture, while the white outline used in many of his prints evokes the giant Romano-Celtic chalk figures still to be seen today on several hillsides in southern Britain.

Physical description

Colour linocut on paper depicting a naked woman lying asleep in a landscape, with flowers in her hands, part of her body and hair the same colour as the cornfield behind her.


1943 (printed)


Underwood, Leon, born 1890 - died 1975 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lino-cut on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Leon U./43
Signature; date; pencil

Harvest Corn
picture title; pencil


Height: 45.7 cm printed surface (irregular), Width: 61.3 cm printed surface (irregular), Height: 55 cm sheet, Width: 73.7 cm sheet

Descriptive line

'Harvest Corn' by Leon Underwood, colour linocut on paper, 1943

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

Timmers, Margaret (ed), Impressions of the Twentieth Century: Fine Art Prints from the V&A's Collection, London, V&A Publications, 2001
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1943, London: HMSO, 1956.


Paper; Printing ink


Colour lino-cut

Subjects depicted

Women; Harvest; Nudes; Allegory



Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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