Edward Wadsworth

View of a Town

c.1918

Medium
Woodcut on paper
Dimensions
Image: 175 x 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1970
Reference
P07118

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Wadsworth was born in Yorkshire and his father ran Broomfield Mill which produced fine yarn known as worsted. Although he refused to follow his father’s profession Wadsworth retained an affection for the industrial North of England. He took Wyndham Lewis on a tour of some of Yorkshire’s cities including Halifax. Lewis recalled, ‘He stopped the car and we gazed down into its blackened labyrinth. I could see he was proud of it. “It’s like Hell, isn’t it?” he said enthusiastically’.

This is an impression taken from a woodblock Wadsworth first printed in 1914.

Gallery label, April 2005

Catalogue entry

P07118 [from] THREE WOODCUTS circa 1915–18 [P07118-P07120]
Not inscribed.
Purchased from the d'Offay Couper Gallery (Gytha Trust) 1970.
(i) View of a Town circa 1918.
Printed in two colours.

Image 6×4⅛ (15×10.5) on paper 12½×10 (31.5×25.5).
Coll: The artist's daughter, Mrs von Bethmann Hollweg, London; d'Offay Couper Gallery, London.

Exh: Abstract Art in England 1913–1915, d'Offay Couper Gallery, November–December 1969 (37–39, repr.).
Repr: (iii) is also reproduced in Studio International, CLXXVIII, 1969, p. 221.

The titles used here and in the d'Offay Couper exhibition were taken from an unpublished thesis on Vorticism by William Lipke. The two most abstract works (ii) and (iii) are dated c. 1915 because of some resemblance to Wadsworth's works reproduced in Blast, No. 2, published in July 1915; the other, more spatial design seems to reflect his experiences during the latter part of the war as a camouflage artist.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1968-70, London 1970