that a rabbit with its funny too-big head, and a squirrel with leafy ears? I particularly like their bright eyes and enjoy that Bold has made me, the viewer, part of the animals’ conference.
The third piece has another little bright-eyed creature, but I have no idea what it’s supposed to be. And this time the framing is in reverse: the little beast is perched on the windowsill at the edge of the human world, looking back out toward the natural world. It looks to be pretty high up, too, unlike the low vantage point of the others. I find the leaves on the left that look like horse chestnut leaves to be especially pleasing, for some reason.
All in all I’ve been quite delighted by all these woodcuts by Bold, and I’m sorry not to be able to find out anything more about him or what other work he might have done.
[Pictures: three wood block prints by Alan Bold, from Broomsticks and Other Tales by Walter de la Mare, 1925. (Images from 50 Watts)]