Edward Wadsworth (British, 1889-1949) Blast Furnaces 2 Woodcut printed in black, circa 1921, on watermarked laid, a proof before the published edition in 'Modern Woodcutters 4' (there was a deluxe edition of 30), printed by Morland Press, with margins, 137 x 181mm (5 3/8 x 7 1/8in)(B) unframed
Lot 19AR
Edward Wadsworth
(British, 1889-1949)
Blast Furnaces 2 unframed
Sold for £4,375 (US$ 7,254) inc. premium
Lot Details
Edward Wadsworth (British, 1889-1949)
Blast Furnaces 2 (Greenwood 41)
Woodcut printed in black, circa 1921, on watermarked laid, a proof before the published edition in 'Modern Woodcutters 4' (there was a deluxe edition of 30), printed by Morland Press, with margins, 137 x 181mm (5 3/8 x 7 1/8in)(B) (unframed)

Footnotes

  • Part of the proceeds from this sale will be donated to benefit the Help for Heroes charity.

    Blast Furnaces 2 was inspired by the intense industrial activity Wadsworth encountered in his train journeys through the Black Country, an area west of Birmingham. This work is exemplary of "emotional abstraction", a term coined by Herbert Furst in 'The Modern Woodcut', 1924: "the landscape is seen not so much as what it looks like but as what it feels like".

    Frances Carey & Antony Griffiths, Avant-garde British Printmaking, 1914-60 (London: British Museum Publications Ltd., 1990), 40.
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