Artist: Edward Wadsworth
Artist: Edward Wadsworth
24 x 19 cms
(9.43 x 7.47 in)
This is the exhibition catalogue to accompany the acclaimed exhibition ‘Edward Wadsworth – The Rhythm of Things’ held by Osborne Samuel gallery in conjunction with the Wadsworth estate and Dr. Jonathan Black.
The catalogue contains an essay and chronology by Dr. Jonathan Black (author of the 2006 catalogue raisonne on Edward Wadsworht which is also available for sale through the gallery).
24 pages 11 colour illustrations
Artist: Edward Wadsworth
Essay by Richard Cork Catalogue compiled by Jeremy Greenwood 2002
Edward Wadsworth was born in Cleckheaton in Yorkshire in 1889. By 1913, when he started printmaking, he was newly married and living in London. During the next eight years, a brief period overshadowed throughout by the Great War, he produces over 50 woodcuts, and, from 1919, five lithographs, a couple of etchings, and 23 copper engravings for the book Sailing- ships and Barges of the Western Mediterranean and Adriatic seas.
The woodcuts are of great interest in themselves and also because of the variety of subjects that caught Wadsworth’s imagination: harbour, the industrial valleys of his childhood, the Greek island on which he was stationed during the war, the dazzle-camouflages ships, and the Black Country. For each subject he found a distinctive artistic language that was rarely used elsewhere.
Nearly half of the woodcuts are in colour – two, three or four printings – and are remarkable for the inventiveness of the variant colour printings that Wadsworth devised for them. The book includes 49 colour reproductions of them (seven of one woodcut alone) though even more are listed.
As the anxiety and tension of the war period faded, so did Wadsworth’ s Vorticist preoccupations, and when he made the engraving for Sailing- ships and Barges in 1926 they were tranquil and reflective: his fascination for precision and detail was now used to show rigging and boat construction accurately. The illustrations in a proof copy of the book, coloured by Wadsworth himself, are all reproduced together with the final published illustrations.
Then his interest in graphic art ceased and, apart from a lithograph in 1938, he concentrated almost entirely on tempera painting for the remainder of his life.
The Book Each of the prints is reproduced (many are in colour), in the original size – a few have had to be reduced to fit the page size. Richard Cork has written extensively on Wadsworth and his Vorticist printmaking. For this book he has written an extended essay taking a wider view, putting this side of Wadsworth’s work in the context of his entire graphic output, contrasting the machine-age modernity of his earlier work with the age-old traditions celebrated in Sailing- ships and Barges. Jeremy Greenwood has prepared the catalogue.
Standard Edition 450 copies, 33.9 x 24.9 cm Printed on 150 gsm Gardapat paper, 112 pages with 50 black and white and 109 colour illustrations, bound in printed paper-covered boards, with an overall design based on a Wadsworth woodcut, in a slipcase.
Special Edition Edward Wadsworth’s daughter relates in the biography of her father how, in 1927, she found him making a bonfire of all his woodcut blocks. One block, however, had been at a printer and is now probably the only one in existence: it has recently been bought by Wadsworth’s family. A Black Country village was commissioned for the 50 copies of the special edition of The Black Country published by the Ovid Press in 1920: a few other impression may have also been taken. The colophon in the book claimed that the block had been destroyed. After careful consideration it has been decided that it would be appropriate if a further edition was taken for the 50 copies of the special edition of the present book: they have been printed by Simon Lawrence at his Fleece Press and are bound into the books. The specification of the special edition is similar to that of the standard edition except that it is bound in quarter leather, includes the print of A Black Country Village, and is supplied in a cloth-covered solander. Sorry, the special edition is now sold out
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