CRAIG, James Humbert (1877-1944). Northern Ireland, Flax Growing.
Original lithograph, with colour, linen backed, published by the Empire Marketing Board, printed for H.M. Stationery Office by Waterlow and Sons Ltd., London, Dunstable and Watford, 1927. 505 x 760 mm.
Craig was born in Belfast to Alexander Craig, a tea merchant, and a Swiss mother, Marie Metzenen, from a family with a painting tradition. Among his favourite panoramas were Donegal, Connemara and the Glens of Antrim. Craig was elected to the Royal Ulster Academy and the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1928. He also exhibited at the Fine Art Society in London.
Linen is cloth woven from, or yarn spun from the flax fibre, which was grown in Ireland for many years before advanced agricultural methods and a more suitable climate led to the concentration of quality flax cultivation in northern Europe.