Apr 27, 2021

The Queen of the Fishes: Plate 9

The Queen of the Fishes: Plate 9


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Lucien Pissarro

(British, 1863–1944)

Woodcut printed in gray

Book page: 19.2 x 13.3 cm (7 9/16 x 5 1/4 in.)

Gift of Henry H. Hawley for the fiftieth anniversary of The Print Club of Cleveland 1970.50.i



Pissarro, son of the French Impressionist artist Camille Pissarro, moved to England in 1890. By 1894 he and his wife, Esther Bensusan Pissarro, had bought a printing press and established the Eragny Press. Influenced by William Morris, they were involved in every step of the production process: designing, cutting the woodblocks, setting type, and printing. The first book published by Ergany Press, The Queen of the Fishes, is based on an old fairy tale in which a peasant boy and girl escape the hardships of their lives by fantasizing that they have been turned into a giant oak and a splendid fish, respectively.

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