About this artwork

This woodcut shows a peacock within the grounds of what appears to be a country house. The composition does not include what a peacock is perhaps most famous for; his large, spectacular tail, although the rich colouring does capture something of the peacock’s familiar iridescent plumage. Seaby is known for his images of birds and other wildlife. This early print employs a key-block which gives a heavy, dark outline, distinctive of Seaby’s work of this period.

Allen William Seaby

Allen William Seaby

Born in London in 1867, Allen Seaby was a painter, illustrator, colour woodcut artist and writer. He studied at Reading University’s School of Art where, from 1920-33, he was Professor of Fine Art. He illustrated and wrote a number of books during his career including: ‘Art in the Life of Mankind’, 1928-31, and ‘Colour Printing with Linoleum and Wood Blocks’, 1928. He also travelled widely in Scotland when he was working on the plates for a book on British birds, from 1910-13. Seaby was an influential exponent of the colour woodcut method with his subjects including birds, animals, and scenes from both the United Kingdom and Europe.

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