‘Fireside Cats’ by Hilary Whyard | Wood Engraving | 1980s
An intricate and wonderfully detailed woodblock print featuring two cat friends, part of a small series produced by artist and printmaker Hilary Whyard in the early phase of her career, around 1983.
Here the scene is an English fireside around Christmas-time, wrapped presents on the book-case and cards on the mantelpiece, a handsome black cat perched on the armchair and a chummily-blinking tabby curled up on the hearth rug. The fine quality of the engraver’s skill is displayed particularly in the curl of black cat’s tail around his feet and the detailed fabric of the armchair.
This print has been professionally mounted with quality pH neutral materials and is ready to give as a gift or place into your choice of 8″ x 10″ frame. As with all prints from Thrilled Kitty, this piece is guaranteed to be a genuine work and not a copy or reproduction.
About the Artist: Hilary Whyard is an artist, printmaker, illustrator, and children’s author, who lived and worked in the Malvern Hills until her move to the French Pyrenees. Her work sells internationally and has been regularly exhibited by the Society of Wood Engravers. While her earlier work was focused around printmaking and engraving techniques, later works include landscape and wildlife paintings inspired by the British coastline and countryside, captured in oil and acrylic.
Condition Report: This print is in very good condition, with a strong, clean impression from the wood block. There is slight age-toning to the paper but this does not detract from the quality of the piece. The sheet lies flat in the mount.
Type: Open Edition Wood Engraving, pencil signed and titled in margin. (Explain this)
Mount & Under-mount Materials: Daler-Rowney Poster Black
Framed or Unframed: Unframed (See our Framing Guide for help)
Frame Size Required: 8 inches x 10 inches (20.5 cm x 25.5 cm approx.)
Orientation (Portrait or Landscape): Portrait