We love wood engravings at Slightly Foxed and in the printed magazine itself we have an occasional series to introduce the work of some of our favourite engravers.
This is Digging by Miriam Macgregor – a woodcut we like so much, we’ve featured it twice! First in Issue 10 back in 2006 to illustrate Tim Longville’s article on Henry Mitchell’s The Essential Earthman, and then again for the contents page of Issue 35 in 2013.
About the contributor
Miriam was born in India and came to England when she was 10. She still remembers the first impact of the gentle English landscape seen from the train, and her engravings retain that freshness. She was introduced to wood engraving by the engraver John Lawrence and developed her interest while working as a typographer in London. In 1977 she joined the Whittington Press and went on to illustrate many of their handsome books. Warmth, humour, a love of the domestic scene and of the Cotswold countryside in which she lives have been the distinguishing features of Miriam’s work during her long career as an author and illustrator.
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