Edwin La Dell (1914-1970)
Christ Church, Oxford (1956)
33 x 42 cm
Signed and dated lower right. With invoice from Royal Academy and letter from the artist.
This view of Christ Church from the meadows is rendered in a muted palette, suggestive of a late autumn afternoon. Four coat-and-hat-clad pedestrians stroll along, accompanied by small child and dog.
La Dell studied at the Sheffield School of Art, where he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art. From 1934 to 1940 John Nash was the head of printmaking there, and taught La Dell. La Dell himself became head of lithography there in 1948, and remained in post until his death.
During the war La Dell was an official war artist and a camofleur, but he is probably best known for his lithographs of Oxford and Cambridge that he published himself. His works are widely held in the public collections, including the Royal Academy and the Government Art Collection, the latter of which holds many of his views of Cambridge.
Condition: mounted to board. Slight but even age toning.
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