BY THOMAS W. NASON
WHILE MOST WOODCUTS are transparently ephemeral in quality,
at best fitted as book tailpieces or colophons, one occasionally turns up
that transcends the seeming limitations of the art.
Such is Thomas Willoughby Nason’s Village Street,
which captures the sleepy serenity of a small-town residential street as even few paintings have.
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Nason is one of the most distinguished practitioners of wood engraving.
Born at Dracut, Massachusetts, fifty years he has won many awards,
including the City of Warsaw Prize and
at the International Exhibition of Wood Engravers at Warsaw, in 1933.
His work is in many collections both here and abroad, and has often been reproduced in Fifty Prints of the Year.