The Graphic Arts collection recently acquired one of the 250 copies of a new study of the pochoir printed designs by British artist Albert Rutherston, published by Fleece Press.
The prospectus notes, “Albert Rutherston is well known as a distinctive book illustrator whose work benefited from the pochoir process employed by the Curwen Press. He illustrated many books and for a short period before the First World War had a profound influence on theatre and stage costume design, though he chose not to pursue this. There has been no book on his work until now.”
Albert Rutherston was a figure and landscape painter, book illustrator, and designer of posters and stage sets. He studied at the Slade School from 1898 until 1902 and was a member of the New English Art Club from 1905. Rutherston was Ruskin Master of Drawing at Oxford from 1929 to 1948. –(note from the National Portrait Gallery, London)
See also: Alan Powers, Art and print: the Curwen story (London: Tate, 2008). Marquand Library (SA) NE628.4 .P69 2008
David McKitterick, Wallpapers by Edward Bawden printed at the Curwen Press (Andoversford, Gloucestershire: Whittington Press, 1989). Graphic Arts Collection (GAX) Oversize 2014-0025F