Artistic works, lectures, talks and exhibitions

Scope and Content

The sketchbooks, although many are not dated, appear to cover a relatively large portion of Margaret Pilkington's adult life, while the wood blocks date from a shorter period of time. She drew and painted throughout her life but the vast majority of her wood engravings date from when she started at the Slade in 1913 to the end of the 1930s or beginning of the 1940s. As for the subject matter, Pilkington seems to have inherited her father's love of mountain scenery, as well as having an interest in animals, local people and buildings.


The artistic works are arranged into seven subseries: sketchbooks, printing blocks and prints, published works, lectures, talks and odd writings (envelope VI), lectures on woodcuts and engravings (envelope VII), envelope III and full watercolour notes.

Custodial History

The artistic works do not seem to have come to the JRUL with the rest of Margaret Pilkington's papers as they are not mentioned in the original list of material drawn up by Glenise Matheson, but the sketchbooks were listed in the 1998 box list.

Related Material

The Whitworth Art Gallery holds a substantial number of prints of Margaret Pilkington's engravings, along with some of her drawings and watercolours (particularly from her foreign travels) and a small number of textile pieces.