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Title Carolina Paroquet
Artist Taylor, Anna Heyward
Date 1935
Medium woodblock print
Support paper
Dimensions 11 x 9 1/2 inches
Signature Anna Heyward Taylor - 1935
Signature Location bottom right
Inscription No.10--Carolina Paroquets
Inscription Location recto
Credit line Gift of Anna Heyward Taylor
Accession Number 1937.003.0005
Collection Work on Paper
Description Born in Columbia, South Carolina, Taylor graduated from the South Carolina College for Women, Columbia in 1897. In 1903-04, she studied with William Merritt Chase in Europe. She later studied with B. J. O. Nordfelt in Provincetown, Massachusetts, during the summers of 1915 and 1916. She traveled extensively over the next decade, living in New York, British Guiana and Mexico before moving permanently to Charleston in 1929.

Along with Alfred Hutty, Alice Smith and Elizabeth O'Neill Verner, Taylor was a driving force behind the cultural and artistic reawakening in Charleston.Taylor was familiar with the traditional Japanese woodblock technique; however, she used the white-line printmaking technique to create this print. Rather than the tedious Japanese method of carving several woodblocks to create a single color print, Nordfelt's method allowed artists to create multi-color prints from a single block of wood. A white-line print is made by carving deep grooves to separate areas of different color. The grooves are not inked and appear as white lines in the print, hence the name of the technique.

Subjects Birds
Flowers
Animals