Hedgehog Cactus

This wood engraving measures 5 1/2 x 4 inches on 11 x 8 inch thin laid type paper. Pencil titled and signed, dated 1937. Numbered in the lower left, 27 in an edition of 100. A charming and unique print. Leon Gilmour immigrated to the United States in 1916 and settled in Boston, where he studied at the School of Practical Art. He then worked until he had enough money to go to the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, where he studied wood engraving under Paul Landacre. He taught at the University of Southern California and also had successful careers as a designer, illustrator, and art director. He was also a member of the American Artist's Congress. His work has been shown in many places including the Metropolitan Museum in New York, Boston Public Library, Smithsonian American Art Museum.