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Dorothy Mahoney:

Framed (ref: 1700)
Unnumbered proof, probably unique

Woodcut, 5 1/8 x 3 1/2 in. (13 x 9 cm.)


Dorothy Mahoney (née Bishop) entered the RCA School of Design in 1924 with Book Illustration as her principal subject.  From 1926-28 she took lettering and illumination as her principal subject under Edward Johnston, to whom, during this period, she became student-assistant.  Her subsidiary subjects were wood engraving, pottery, bookbinding and embroidery.  It is likely that this rare un- numbered wood engraving dates to this period.
In 1929 she was appointed Deputy Assistant to Edward Johnston, giving lectures, demonstrations, and classes in his absence.

The composition is reminiscent of Ravilious' Shadow of small plane falling on the world  

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