Jennings, Euan: Essex Gravel Pits


An extremely rare limited edition linocut in a lovely palette of blue and yellow providing a detailed interpretation of an everyday landscape in which contrasting textures and patterns are used to mark out different layers and areas of foliage, water, rocks and stones. The linocut is numbered 2 of only 12, it is signed, inscribed and dated ‘1957’. The print has been professionally cleaned and has its original frame.

The print is numbered 251 from the ‘Hertfordshire Schools Art Loan Collection’ formed from 1949 and discontinued in 2017.

Artist: Euan Jennings, ARCA, RWS, RE, (1933-2003)

Title and date: Essex Gravel Pits, 1957

Size: 32.0 x 48.0 cms.


Artist description:

Euan Jennings was born in Leeds but moved to Tunbridge Wells with his parents around 1934/5 when his father, E. Owen Jennings ARCA, RWS, RE, was appointed headmaster of the Tunbridge Wells School of Art, a position he maintained for 30 years. Euan attended the School of Art after leaving school and then Brighton College of Art where he gained his Art Teacher Diploma. For a while he worked as a graphic designer with “Autocar” before becoming a teacher at a college of art, probably in Staffordshire, living in Cheddleton with his family. He was a keen railway enthusiast and an active member of a group devoted to the North Staffordshire Railway Company in his home area.

While at the TW School of Art, and with his best friend Peter Green, he developed a home-based technique for producing linocuts. This consisted of placing the block on the linoleum floor in the kitchen, rolling the ink, placing the paper on the block, carefully lining up the registration marks, then gently and carefully trampling all over the block to print it, repeating this process with the next colour. He then hung up the prints to dry back to back, fastening them to his mother’s clothes dryer on the kitchen ceiling with clothes pegs.