Date: British painter, printmaker, author, and professor, 1857–1953
Biography: Allen W. Seaby was a Professor of Fine Art at the University of Reading from 1920 to 1933. While he is thought to have trained as a painter prior to developing an interest in woodblock printmaking, his early training is undocumented. He was influenced by pioneer woodblock printmaker Frank Morley Fletcher. He is well known for his many book illustrations and woodblock prints of birds. Having published as an authority on color printing from wood and linoleum blocks, his work captures the brush-drawn quality of Japanese woodblock prints.
Seaby also wrote and illustrated six fiction titles about native ponies in their habitats between 1923 and 1948.