O’Connor, John: Canal


A superb wood engraving printed at The Rocket Press with John O’Connor using the original block. Two immaculate and unframed engravings are available, both signed and inscribed in pencil, one numbered 64 of 70 and the other 66 of 70, and also two artist’s proofs.



Artist: John Scorrer O’Connor, (1913-2004)

Title and date: Canal, 1990

Size: 15.0 x 11.5 cms.


Artist description:

A painter and superb wood engraver, John O’Connor was born in Leicester in 1913 where he attended the College of Art from 1931-34. He studied at the Royal College of Art from 1934-37 where his tutors included Eric Ravilious, John Nash and Robert Austin.

His teaching career began at Birmingham College of Art in 1937 then Bristol College of Art from 1938-41. After war service in the Royal Air Force, O’Connor taught at Hastings School of Art before becoming principal of Colchester School of Art in 1948-1964. He was a visiting lecturer at St Martin’s School of Art from 1964-1975 and from 1977-1984 at Glasgow School of Art.

He was elected to the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers in 1947, and in 1974, to the Royal Watercolour Society. He illustrated many books and contributed to Harper’s Bazaar, House and Garden and the Radio Times; until 2001 he produced a monthly wood engraving for the Oldie magazine. He had many solo shows including at Zwemmer Gallery from 1955-1968; New Grafton Gallery from 1970 and retrospectives at the Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow in 1999. The Arts Council, Tate Gallery and the British Museum all hold examples of his work.