About the artist
Joan Hassall (3 March 1906 – 6 March 1988) was a London-born artist, lauded for her expertise in wood engraving, book illustration, and typography. Her artistic journey began at The Royal Academy Schools and continued at the London Central School of Photo-engraving and Lithography. Hassall's work spanned an impressive array of subjects, from natural history and poetry to illustrations for timeless English literary classics.
In 1972, she broke barriers as the first female Master of the Art Workers' Guild, and she received the OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1987. Remembered as one of the 20th century's most influential wood engravers, Hassall's legacy continues to inspire.