Allen William Seaby

Snow and Hare (About 1923)

About this artwork

Seaby specialised in colour woodcuts of birds and animals. The easy appeal of prints such as ‘Snow and Hare’ hides Seaby’s great technical ability: he was the author of influential articles on the technique of colour wood and lino engraving. A large number of his prints were produced as Christmas cards, for which this is a perfect example.

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.