Clare Leighton (1899-1989), was an English/American artist, writer, and illustrator, best known for her wood engravings. In 1915, she began her studies at the Brighton College of Art and later trained at the Slade School of Fine Art from 1921 to 1923. She also studied wood engraving under Noel Rooke at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. Born in London, she emigrated to the United States and became a naturalized citizen in 1945. Over the course her career, she wrote and illustrated numerous books praising the virtues of the countryside and the people who worked the land. During the 1920s and 1930s, when the world was becoming more industrial, she portrayed rural working men and women.