Geoffrey Heath Wedgwood (1900-1977) is best known for his fine etchings of architectural subjects.
He studied at the Liverpool City School of Art from 1919 to 1921. He won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, London, where he studied engraving under Sir Frank Short and Malcolm Osborne.
Wedgwood was a Rome Scholar at the British School in Rome – after winning the Engraving Prize in 1925. He later taught at the Liverpool Institute and Liverpool City School of Art from 1932 until his retirement in 1960. He was also a noted illustrator, making menus for the LNER (London and North Eastern Railway).
This engraving with drypoint is entitled “St Peter's, Genoa II”. It is a masterly depiction of the 16th Century church of San Pietro in Banchi. It is located in a tiny piazza in the heart of medieval Genoa, just a stone's throw from the harbour. A rather strange building – as it was built on top of a basement market shops.
Wedgwood was an acute observer of every detail of his surroundings and succeeds capturing every the essence of everyday life with the addition of tiny lively local figures. He is certainly a very fine printmaker.
This etching is an original pencil signed work by Wedgwood - and dates to 1950, as dated by the artist. Another impression of his work is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
It is sold in a simple black frame - and is ready to hang straight onto your wall.
Dimensions: Frame size is 36 x 34 cm; Image szie is 25.5 x 24.5 cm
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