Wood blocks and Prints

Scope and Content

A series of wood blocks engraved by Margaret Pilkington. Many were produced in preparation for publication, in particular for Katharine Chorley's Hills and Highways (London: J.M. Dent, 1928), and for Lawrence Pilkington's An Alpine Valley (London: Longmans, Green & Co, 1924).


The blocks are arranged into five sub-subseries:

  • PIL/1/4/2/1: Wood blocks for Hills and Highways;
  • PIL/1/4/2/2: Wood blocks for An Alpine Valley;
  • PIL/1/4/2/3: Other wood blocks;
  • PIL/1/4/2/4: Prints from wood blocks;
  • PIL/1/4/2/5: Trial proof illustrations to As the Sight is Bent.
This arrangement follows the basic structure of a list compiled by Anthony Christmas for the publication by David Blamires, 1995.

The blocks for Hills and Highways and An Alpine Valley are listed in the order in which they appear in each publication. The titles refer to the chapter or poem for which that block is an illustration. This system was used by Sarah Hyde in her catalogue of Margaret Pilkington's engraved work. The titles used by Anthony Christmas in his list are often inaccurate and have therefore not been given here (except to facilitate reference to the catalogue of the Whitworth Art Gallery collections).

The other wood blocks are arranged chronologically. Prints from wood blocks (PIL/1/4/2/4) and Trial proof illustrations to As the Sight is Bent, the unfinished autobiography of Lady Mabel Annesley (PIL/1/4/2/5), were not on the original handlist but have been included in this series as they are related material.

All the measurements are given as height followed by width.

Related Material

The Whitworth Art Gallery holds a substantial number of prints of Margaret Pilkington's engravings, including many of her engravings for Hills and Highways. In 1991 the Whitworth commissioned prints to be made from these wood blocks by David Wishart of the Hayloft Press, Birmingham, whose archive is held at the JRUL.