McKnight Kauffer, Edward (1890-1954), 'Flight', Woodcut, 1917

'Flight', Woodcut, 1917

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Signed and dated in pencil, on tissue-thin laid Japan paper, with full margins.

Of all Kauffer’s woodcuts, ‘Flight’ is perhaps the one most indebted to Vorticism, a movement he encountered upon his arrival in London in 1915. The genesis of this composition lay in the artist’s intense study of the flight pattern of birds during the summer of 1916 when he was staying near Didcot.The subject also relates to both Italian Futurism and 19th century Japanese printmaking, two schools of art which Kauffer greatly admired.


Kauffer’s output as an original printmaker was confined to five woodcuts executed between 1916 and 1922. These comprise: ‘Trees and Houses’ (1916), ‘Rooftops’ (1916), ‘Flight’ (1917), ‘Study’ (1918) and ‘Sunflowers’ (1922).

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Image Size 14 x 23 cm
Paper Size 30.3 x 37.5 cm
Collection British Museum
Literature Carey & Griffiths, ‘Avant-Garde British Printmaking 1914-1960’, British Museum Publications Ltd, 1990, cat. no. 20, pp. 47-48; Haworth Booth, Mark, ‘E. McKnight Kauffer: A Designer and his Public’, Gordon Fraser, 1979, pp. 22-25

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