PILKINGTON, Lawrence (Author) PILKINGTON, Margaret (Illustrator). An Alpine Valley and Other Poems. Longmans Green and Co. 1924.
8vo., original cloth backed stiff card wrapper with paper label on upper board. Illustreated with wood engravings by Margaret Pilkington. A little rubbing to spine ends, otherwise a very good copy.
First edition, inscribed "Walter A Anderson from Lawrence and Margaret Pilkingon".
Margaret Pilkington exhibited in the first exhibition of the Society of Wood Engravers in 1920, and continued to do so until 1931. She became a member of the society in 1921. In 1919 Malcolm Salaman included her wood engravings in his Studio anthology. In 1922 she contributed a wood engraving to Contemporary English Woodcuts, an anthology of wood engravings produced by Thomas Balston, a director at Duckworth and an enthusiast for the new style of wood engravings. Campbell Dodgson, Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, wrote about her in his introduction to the book: "Miss Gribble and Miss Pilkington are among the other women artists who practise wood engraving with zeal and success."
She produced some 110 wood engravings, 41 of which were for the four books that she illustrated, three written by her father, Lawrence Pilkington, the last by a friend. In 1924 she produced 15 wood engravings for a book of poetry by her father, An Alpine Valley and other poems. In 1926 she engraved the frontispiece for Tattlefold and in 1928 another frontispiece for The Chimneys of Tattleton. In that year she also engraved 24 illustrations for Hills and Highways by her childhood friend Katharine Chorley.
Her work is represented in several national collections, including the Central School and the Whitworth.