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Clare Leighton (British/American 1901-1988), "Moonshine Still," wood engraving on paper depicting a man engaged in the production of moonshine while another keeps watch with rifle in hand. Deckled edges, matted. Unsigned. Image: 7 1/4" H x 5" W. Sheet: 8 3/4" H x 5 3/4" W. Matted: 13 3/4" H x 11 1/2" W. Provenance: Estate of Carl W. Klein, Brentwood, TN. Note: This rare print by the British born printmaker Clare Leighton is one of 24 illustrations created for The Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore, published in a seven-volume series by Duke University Press from 1952 to 1964. Caroline Mesrobian Hickman, in the essay "Clare Leighton's Art and Craft: Exploring Her Rich Legacy through the Pratt Collection," published by the Mint Museum, writes: "Leighton's wood engravings portray the rural folk of North Carolina as they harvest, gather for social rites, and participate in recreational activities typical of their region… In her quest for accuracy, Leighton coordinated her sketching trips throughout the state with the harvesting of various crops, lived and worked with the agricultural people, and even located a still in the mountains for the engraving Moonshine Still (plate 135). The illustrations are not only a harvest of her creativity but also an accurate visual record of the customs and agricultural practices of a by-gone era." Size of edition unknown; scarce. Other versions of this print are in the collections of the Ackland Art Museum and the Mint Museum, North Carolina. Condition: Hinge mounted to cream mat. Ink stains en verso have bled through and are visible in upper margin, along with some ink smudges. Some light smudges to lower left of mat.