Francis Edgar Dodd; Holyhead artist 1920's
Artist pencil signed
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Product Code: 170805-2
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Francis Edgar Dodd
Francis Edgar Dodd; 1874-1949, British portrait painter, landscape artist and printmaker. Francis was born in Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales, the son of a Wesleyan minister. He trained at the Glasgow School of Art alongside Muirhead Bone who married Dodd's sister. He travelled around France, Italy and later Spain. Dodd returned to England in 1895 and settled in Manchester, becoming friends with Charles Holden, before moving to Blackheath in London in 1904.
During World War I, in 1916, he was appointed an official war artist by Charles Masterman, the head of the War Propaganda Bureau. Serving on the Western Front, he produced more than 30 portraits of senior military figures. He also earned a considerable peace-time reputation for the quality of his watercolours and portrait commissions. From 1911 Dodd lived at Arundel House in Blackheath, London, until he took his own life in 1949.
This original etching with drypoint has bright and unfaded colouring in black ink with rich raised intaglio ink lines and ink burr, the image measuring approximately 23 cms. x 30 cms. (9 x 12 ins) within a strong platemark and impression.
Printed on a lightweight laid paper sheet size 32 cms. x 39 cms. (12½ x 15 ins.) with full margins.
Signed in the image and by the artist in pencil in the lower margin.
Unframed and unmounted, the condition of the image and the sheet is good with handling marks condusive with age.