Alice Margaret Coats


The cattle-creep

colour woodcut

signed, numbered 9/50, and inscribed with title

10¼ x 13½ ins (26 x 34.2 cm)


Coats was born and spent her working life in Birmingham, where she attended the College of Art from 1922 to 1926, before going on to study briefly in Paris and then at the Slade. She became a highly-regarded printmaker, especially making colour woodcuts and linocuts. These were exhibited at the Redfern Gallery, and at many of the exhibiting societies, at the height of the market for colour prints. During the war, she spent five years with the Land Army. Post-war, she turned to illustration, and then to writing about plants and gardens. Coats’s book Garden Shrubs and their Histories became a classic, and her work as a horticultural historian, contributing to many academic journals, has rather overshadowed her achievements as a printmaker.