The Song of the Sower

Ref: 1609
  • Artist

    Godfrey Blount (1859-1937)

  • Detail

    Hand-coloured wood engravings, in old oak frames

    30.5 x 30.5 cm

    English (Haslemere), 1914

  • Provenance

    Mary, Countess of Lovelace (1848-after 1942), Ashley Combe House, and thence by descent; art market; private collection

  • Collection

    Private collection

  • Notes

    Godfrey Blount who, inspired by William Morris and John Ruskin, set up Haslemere Peasant Industries in 1897, had been a pupil of Alphonse Legros at the Slade and also worked under Herbert Herkomer.  Blount worked in several media, including woodcarving,  hand-weaving and woodwork, as well as being a poet and writer on design and religion.  In 1899 he published a design manual entitled Arbor Vitae, which included some border designs that anticiapte those around the images for his illustrated poems The Song of the Sower (1914). 

    Mary, Countess of Lovelace was trained as an architect and was a friend of C.F.A. Voysey, whom she patronised.