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Woodcut - Façade


  • Object:


  • Date:

    1914-1915 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wadsworth, Edward, born 1889 - died 1949 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woodcut on thin laid paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EW, shelf 152, box A

Wadsworth (1889-1949) was a member of the Vorticists, a group of mostly London-based artists chiefly active in the period 1913-1917. Their inspiration was Italian Futurism. The Futurists, obsessed with machinery and dynamics, made pictures and sculptures characterised by semi-abstract geometric form. Wadsworth's main printmaking activity was confined largely to the period 1913-1921, in which he made about 50 woodcuts. They are recognisable for their sharp tonal contrasts and dizzying articulation of space, most striking in the black and white images. In the last year of World War One, Wadsworth's design talents were harnessed by the Royal Navy, then in need of dazzle camouflage for their warships - bold diagonal patterns and zigzag bands intended to confuse the enemy.

Physical description

abstract composition in black and white


1914-1915 (printed)


Wadsworth, Edward, born 1889 - died 1949 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Woodcut on thin laid paper

Marks and inscriptions

1/205 22 x 16


Height: 17.2 cm printed surface, Width: 9.5 cm printed surface, Height: 21.3 cm sheet, Width: 13.5 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Edward Alexander Wadsworth. 'Façade', 1914-15

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Timmers, Margaret (Ed), Impressions of the Twentieth Century: Fine Art Prints from the V&A's Collection. London, V&A Publications, 2001.


Laid paper; Ink


Wood cutting


Prints; Woodcuts

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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