LEON UNDERWOOD (British / 1890-1977)

George Claude Leon Underwood (who worked as Leon Underwood), was born in London, and studied at the Regent Street Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art before WWI, in which he served in the Royal Horse Artillery and the Royal Engineers. After the war Leon Underwood resumed his studies at the Slade. In 1921 he opened his own school, the Brook Green School of Art, usually called the Leon Underwood School. This became the crucible for a major step forward in British wood engraving. Among Leon Underwood's students were Blair Hughes-Stanton, Gertrude Hermes, Mary Groom, and Agnes Miller-Parker. Leon Underwood was profoundly influenced both by Ice Age cave paintings and by pre-Columbian art. His interest in "primitive" art found expression in three ground-breaking books about African sculpture in the 1940s.

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Selected prints by LEON UNDERWOOD

The Dream of
Mardocheus, 1929
Wood engraving •SOLD

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