Quiet Spirit, Skillful Hand: The Graphic Work of Clare Leighton

November 19, 2011 - February 03, 2012
Boone and George-Ann Knox I, Rachel Cosby Conway, Alfred Heber Holbrook and Charles B. Presley Family Galleries

Organized by the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, N.C., this exhibition includes images from the Mint’s Pratt Collection, one of the largest collections of Clare Leighton’s work in the country and spans Leighton’s career from 1923 to 1965. “Quiet Spirit, Skillful Hand: The Graphic Work of Clare Leighton” provides a full survey of Leighton’s career, from her earliest prints in the 1920s that depict the labors of the English working classes to a selection of her rarely seen watercolors. Unique to the Pratt collection is a set of 12 Wedgwood plates titled “New England Industries,” for which Leighton designed the transfer-printed images. Among the exhibition’s highlights are the prints that resulted from Leighton’s early visits to North America, including “The Breadline, New York” and “Snow Shovellers, New York,” as well as the artist’s entire Canadian Lumber Camp series. A full-color catalogue of the exhibition will be available for sale in the Museum Shop and online.

In-House Curator

Paul Manoguerra, chief curator and curator of American art


The W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art