Edith Lawrence 1890-1973
Painter, printmaker, designer and teacher, born in Surrey, who attended Queen’s College, London, until 1908. From 1910-14 she was at Slade School of Fine Art, a prizewinning student; after a period in St Ives she retunred to the Slade in 1916 and also studied under Percyval Tudor Hart. In 1917 she began teaching art at Runston Hill School. She met Claude Flight in 1920 and moved to his studio in 1925. the following year they had a joint show at the Redfern Gallery and in Scotland, in 1927 forming an interior decorating business, experimenting with lino-cuts, textiles, picture panels and wall hangings. After bomb damage in 1943 Flight and Lawrence moved to Donhead St Andrew, Wiltshire, and when Flight had a stroke in 1947 Lawrence nursed him until 1955. After cataract removal Lawrence resumed painting, having a solo show at the University of Hull in 1973.
Edith Lawrence Prints
The Cricket Match, c.1929
22.5 x 33 cm.
Signed & numbered
Edition of 25
Printed from 4 blocks in permanent blue, viridian green, ochre & pale chrome
One of the most notable achievements of the linocut artists is the way they choreographed the pleasurable, life affirming and healthful activities of the public’s often increasingly available leisure time. In the 1930’s, despite England’s post war political and financial uncertainties, the pursuit of leisure became a widespread social phenomenon. The Grosvenor School artists chose subject matters such as dancing, rowing on the river, swimming, bathing, gymnastic exercises, playing musical instruments, attending concerts, eating with friends and family, playing boules, sitting at a café, skating, skiing, playing rugby, football and ice hockey – whilst invariably retaining a cutting edge.
Lawrence’s 1929 linocut The Cricket Match, has an enchantingly naïve fluidity, playfully manipulating hard-edged geometric forms. The simple use of perspective on the cricket pitch, the angular lines of the figures and the field, all adeptly conjures up an impression of the game’s speedy agility and quick changes of fortune, the cricketing whites themselves evoked through lucid areas of blank, unprinted paper.