Snow in Springtime
"Snow in Springtime" is a color woodcut created in 1919 by British printmaker John Edgar Platt (1886-1967). It is pencil signed, titled, and editioned 61/100. An additional block added his monogram and the date "1919" in the lower right image. It was printed by the artist in proofs only on a sheet of laid Japanese paper measuring 10-3/4 x 13-1/4". The reference is Chapman 6.
"Snow in Springtime" was revolutionary for its time for rarely had members of Britain's early 20th-century color woodcut revival depicted movement so vividly and in such a contemporary setting, nor were they in the habit of using family members as models. The two girls sharing the swing are Platt's sisters, Marian and Kathleen. Safely off to the side are his children, Anthea and Michael.
John Edgar Platt was born in Leek Straffordshire, England in 1886. He was educated at the Leek School of Art before attending the Royal College of Art from 1905 to 1908. Platt quickly developed his skills in oil painting, watercolor, and woodcut, and held his first exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1913.
After WWI, Platt exhibited at the New English Art Club, and in 1922 won a gold medal at the International Print Makers' Exhibition. He held numerous teaching positions until he moved to London in 1929 to become head of Blackheath School of Art. Throughout the 1930s, Platt produced a number of highly regarded woodcuts and paintings. In 1938, he published "Colour Woodcuts: a Book of Reproductions and a Handbook of Method." He was the president of the Society of Graver Painters in Colour from 1938 to 1953.
During World War II, a number of Platt's paintings were purchased by the War Artists' Advisory Committee and in 1943 he was awarded a full-time contract to produce paintings for the Ministry of War Transport. His work is in the collections of the British Museum, Imperial War Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Maritime Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.