Landacre At Auction

This engraving titled Growing Corn by Paul Landacre recently sold at a Swann Galleries auction in New York for $7,200. Measuring 8 3/4 X 4 1/2 inches it was made in 1938. It was listed for $250 in an estate sale catalogue from the seventies that I have in my collection of wood engraving ephemera. Not a bad appreciation in value, of course that’s not what it’s about from the artist’s point of view – I suppose.

This really is a beautiful wood engraving. A gorgeous drawing revealing his mastery of the medium and his ability as a draughtsman.

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11 thoughts on “Landacre At Auction

  1. Paul Landacre was my uncle. I would be interested to know if your Growing Corn was signed or his mark? Thank you. Carolyn

  2. This wasn’t my print but rather one that was auctioned at Swann.

    I do own a signed copy of Siesta but am unwilling to part with it at the moment.

    How wonderful that you are his niece! He really is one of my favorite artists.

    John

  3. I have a signed print 25/60 of “Yesterday”. My parents both took art instruction from Paul Landacre. He signed the print To Kay and Bert 1940. It is fun to learn more about him and his work.

  4. That is so interesting that Mary Storm has a print of “Yesterday” from her art student parents! My mom has one of those prints (well, it’s mine now!!), and she doesn’t remember where she got it, but she was an art student at the Art Center and at Otis sometime after 1940. Small world.

  5. I have a copy of sultry day that I purchased at an estate sale a few years ago…I absolutely love it and it has really stroked my interest in paul landacre…his work is amazing!!!!

  6. Yes, Landacre is by far one of my ultimate favourites. His technical mastery is unparalleled and I love the way he draws, which underscores the foundation of excellent art; ability in drawing and draughtsmanship is the underpinning of good art, regardless of medium. I’m very lucky to own a copy of “Siesta”.

  7. Paul Landacre was also my uncle, married to Margaret McCreery, my father’s half sister. Who is Caroline? I possess two woodcuts and will part with them some day.

  8. I have a Paul Landacre print it looks to be a second printing it has a Roman numeral 2 with a 18/150 in the far right corner followed by the title both in pencil. It is signed on the bottom right corner by the artist.
    It is is excellent shape -and I am looking to sell the picture. Can you provide me with some insight or direction on how to go about doing so?

  9. Hi Jeremy, So great that you have a Landacre print. A good place to start would be Swann Galleries in New York, they specialize in works on paper and handle lots of his work. At the very least they could give you a valuation.

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