Summer & Autumn - A Four Panelled Embroidered Screenby Claude Flight
Summer & Autumn, circa 1927 - 1930
A four panelled screen, with applique designs for Summer and Autumn on two panels, lacking Spring and Winter, designed by Flight and made by Edith Lawrence. Conservation has been undertaken by Janie Lightfoot Textiles.
H 78" x W 18"
Born in London, Claude Flight trained as an engineer, then became a librarian, in 1906 beginning seven years of beekeeping and farming in Sussex. Flight began to study at Heatherley's School of Fine Art, resuming his studies in 1918 after Army service, with a special interest in lino-cutting, of which he was to become a master. In the 1920s he began to exhibit on the continent, in 1925 having lino-cuts bought by the Contemporary Art Society and the British Museum. Two years later Flight formed an interior decorating business with the artist Edith Lawrence, experimenting with lino-cutting, textiles, picture panels and wall hangings.
In 1931 Fight had a one-man show at Redfern Gallery, in 1935 a joint exhibition with Edith Lawrence at the French Gallery. Together, Lawrence and Flight were responsible for the First Exhibition of British Lino-Cuts at the Redfern in 1929, an annual event until 1937. During World War II many of Flight's paintings and colour blocks were destroyed by enemy action. For a time Flight was editor of Arts and Crafts Quarterly and he also published a number of books, including Lino-Cuts. S C Kaines-Smith called Flight "the only true futurist that this country has produced". Early on his vital, dynamic prints were recognised as masterpieces in a neglected medium. In later life lived with Edith Lawrence at Donhead St Andrew, Wiltshire.
Text written by David Buckman - "Artists in Britain Since 1945"