Miriam Macgregor

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Miriam Macgregor
Shillong, Assam, India
Alma materGildford School of Art
Known forWood engraving, illustration

Miriam Macgregor (born 1935) is a British author, illustrator, wood engraver, and fine press compositor. Born in Shillong, Assam, Macgregor was educated at the Guildford School of Art.[1] She began her professional career in the art department of the publisher B. T. Batsford, before becoming a freelance artist.[2] In 1977, she began to work for the fine press publisher, Whittington Press.[3][4] At the time, all type was set by hand.[5] She still works at the Whittington Press as a compositor and illustrator. She has created images for other fine press publishers, including the Folio Society[1] and Primrose Hill Press. Macgregor is a self-taught wood engraver[2] and member of the Society of Wood Engravers and Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. She has furnished wood engravings for the horticultural journal, Hortus, in addition to countless wood engravings and pochoir illustrations for books and posters published by the Whittington Press.[2] In addition to the texts she has illustrated, her subjects primarily concern English rural life, farming, architecture, botany, and felines.[6] Macgregor has published several collections of her own images, and curated a collection of contemporary wood engravings of cats, published by Primrose Hill Press in 1999 as Cat cuts.

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  1. ^ a b 1943-, Brett, Simon (2002). An engraver's globe : wood engraving world-wide in the twenty-first century. Smith Settle (Firm). London. p. 253. ISBN 978-1901648126. OCLC 49970258.
  2. ^ a b c Jones, Cordelia (1989). Engraved gardens. Cambridge: Silent Books. p. 56. ISBN 978-1851830169. OCLC 39977322.
  3. ^ Burton, Anthony (2017). Crafted in britain: the survival of britain's traditional industries. Place of publication not identified: Adlard Coles Nautical. p. 195. ISBN 9781472922830. OCLC 948336331.
  4. ^ Macgregor, Miriam (2003). "The forgotten pleasures of hand-setting". Matrix. 12: n.p – via ARTbibliographies Modern.
  5. ^ Randle, John; Macgregor, Miriam; Henry, Barbara; Whittington Press; Center for Book Arts (New York, N.Y.); Museum of Printing History (Houston, Tex.) (2008). Illustrated fine printing: Whittington & Matrix in America. New York: Center for Book Arts. p. 10. OCLC 417661764.
  6. ^ Campbell, Nancy (June 2012). "Sweeping statement". Printmaking Today. 21 (2): 33. ISSN 0960-9253 – via ARTbibliographies Modern.

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