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Tessa Beaver was born in London in 1932. After gaining her diploma in painting at the Slade School she spent a further year there working mainly in etching under John Buckland-Wright. She worked briefly as an illustrator and designer of book jackets before taking the post of art editor of children's books first at the Oxford University Press at later at Thomas Nelson's. In 1962 she resumed painting and printmaking whilst working with her husband on the Kenya-Ugandan border. Since returning to England in 1965 Tessa Beaver's prints have been shown at the Society of Wood Engravers the Royal Society of Painter Etchers and Engravers the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions and in Nairobi Durban and Los Angeles. For the last few years she has worked mainly in etching and she has held one-man shows at the University of Warwick the Lantern Gallery in Manchester St. Michael's Gallery in Derby the Quadrangle Gallery in Oxford and the Mignon Gallery in Bath. She has developed techniques in etching in copper. Ten years work as a woodblock printmaker prior to returning to etching have given her a varied experience in the possibilities of relief printing and of using the natural textures of wood.