Peter Reddick was born in Essex and was studying at South East Essex Technical College when the Second World War broke out. As a Quaker, he did not undertake military service, but worked as a gardener in Northamptonshire. It was here that he began engraving, cutting a length of box tree into rounds and teaching himself the craft. He went on to study at the Guildford and Cardiff schools of art, as well as the Slade and the London School of Printing, and taught lettering, lithography and #illustration in London, Ghana and Bristol. Reddick illustrated more than 50 books, including 18 volumes of the works of Thomas Hardy, Anthony Trollope’s Barchester Chronicles, and the Folio Society’s edition of Wordsworth’s poetry. He was a member of the Royal West of England Academy, the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and the Society of Wood Engravers.
We love wood engraving and in the printed quarterly we have an occasional series to introduce the work of some of our favourite engravers. We will be sharing a woodcut from our archive each week. We hope you’ll enjoy them.