[From the Community Collection, a public trust in Agincourt, Iowa]
WARD, Philip Leslie Moffat (1888–1978)
color woodcut on paper / 7 3/4 inches by 8 1/4 inches
It may seem at times that the Community Collection is heavily weighted toward the Arts & Crafts imagery of the World War I years into the 1920s. Depending on the current display selection, that may appear to be the case. Newcomers to the community, however, may not be aware of the Arts & Crafts Society that thrived during that time, especially after the disappearance of Anson Tennant in 1915, when his parents established a center for arts and crafts in his former architectural studio-residence, a place for lectures, classes, and exhibits, and guest quarters for visiting artisans. So the presence of so many woodcut prints, for example, is understandable.
Leslie Ward was a British artist known for both woodcuts and paintings.