British-New Zealand printmaker
and art teacher .
Hipkins, born in Staffordshire and trained at the Royal College of Art in London,moved to New Zealand under the La Trobe Scheme, encouraging British Art teachers to come to New Zealand. From 1922 Hipkins taught art at Napier and later Wellington Technical Schools. In 1923 he married Scottish Jenny Campbell (Ayr 1887-1970) trained at Edinburgh College of Art who emigrated to New Zealand with Hipkins in 1922. I discovered Roland Hipkins Polperro print by stumbling over these éxamples by his wife Jenny Campbell.
They were in Margaret Anna Dobson’s (1888-1981) 1930 “Block-cutting and Print-making” book that I've recently obtained. Also, in 1930, Eric Heskett Hubbard (1892-1957), named in Dobsons book, also edited his book "Simple Colour Block Print Making" at the Forest Press. Dobsons book and her 1936 published ”Lino Prints” both were edited at Pitman & Sons are illustrated by many examples by contemporary printmakers. With prints pulled from original blocks.
Besides a good and well trained painter Margaret Dobson was quite capable of producing a linoleumcut print herself. Like the one (left) “printed from 5 linoleum blocks”. It it is the only example (included in her second, 1936, book "Lino Cuts" ) I could find.
Margaret Dobson was an American painter and illustrator, trained in Pennslylvania America and studied also in Paris and stayed in London before finally returning for America in 1933. Reading the books and seeing the dozens of names and examples she must have been well acquainted with most if not all 1920-1935 grafic artists in England. Like:
E. Mackenzie (?)
Sydney Lee (1866-1957)
and Charles Darwins artistic granddaughter Gwen Raverat (1875-1957)
and many others she used illustrating her books.