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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.

April 2005