Saturday, 4 December 2010

Ivy Anne Ellis exh 1920-1939


This is one of my favourite woodblock print artists and over the years I have chased down quite a few prints and books by her. However, in recent years I have struggled to find much. So here is some info and a few photos.

Ivy Anne Ellis was a Birmingham based artist with her studio in Edgbaston. She trained at the Birmingham School of Arts and Crafts and worked with the respected artist Bernard Sleigh early in her career. She was mainly a book illustrator and print maker using the woodcut, linocut and wood engraving techniques.

She exhibited 27 times at the Royal Society of Arts, Birmingham between 1920 and 1939.

She signed her works with various marks including signatures, seals and monograms cut within the plates or blocks. Some examples include; 


Her book illustration work was extensive and includes;
 XII Sonnets by Havelock Ellis (1930)
 The Book of Ruth (1930)
 Verses Grave and Gay by Bernard Sleigh (1933)
 Winged Idyll by John Stone (1936)
 Kanga Creek: An Australian Idyll by Havelock Ellis (1938)
 A Wreath of Flower Legends by Rose S Dugdale (1950)



Clicking on these photos should enlarge them.

I have recently been contacted by a friendly blogger who has provided a photo of a painting by Ivy. Certainly a similar feel but a less precise technique, lovely though. It is titled "The Little Dutch Girl" and cost £5.00 at the time, which I would suggest is c1950, may earlier. From the original label we know she was then living in Chipping Campden, a well known arty town in the Cotswolds much associated with the arts and crafts movement and the Guild of Handicraft.


She is titled "Dawn" - reminds me of Eric Gill but with colour !


From the same reader as provided these picture, I am advised that Miss Ellis was Bernard Sleighs mistress and the address on the label was where Sleigh lived in his later years. 

for Ivy Anne Ellis works forsale try - www.meridiangallery.co.uk
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