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Edward Wadsworth (1889-1949), Painter

Edward Alexander Wadsworth

Sitter in 3 portraits
Artist of 1 portrait
Painter and printmaker. Born in Yorkshire, Wadsworth attended Bradford School of Art and the Slade School of Art in London, where he won prizes for his landscape and figure painting. During World War I he served as an intelligence officer in the Navy and worked on dazzle camouflage for ships, experiences that inspired his monumental war paintings. He pioneered a revival of tempera as a medium and returned to a more representational style in the 1920s. A technical perfectionist, Wadsworth's style was influenced by his wide reading of books on painting techniques.

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Edward Alexander Wadsworth

by Edward Alexander Wadsworth
tempera on board, 1937
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6682