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After the first world war Wadsworth made a number of drawings of industrial landscapes. They represent a key phase in his development. Like his earlier Vorticist work they are concerned with regular forms reduced to simple planes. But they also show him attempting to forge a more realistic and unidealised vision of the modern world in the aftermath of war. Appropriately, they focus on the waste products of industrialisation, in particular quarries and slag heaps.

July 2008