Moffat Ward, Leslie: Coniston Water
A lovely limited edition lithograph of this classic location, numbered 11 of only 20, newly framed and ready to hang.
Artist: Leslie Moffat Ward, (1888-1978)
Title and date: Coniston Water
Size: 17.0 x 35.0 cms.
Born in Worcester, Leslie Ward’s family moved to Bournemouth in 1895 and he lived for most of his life in the town’s Springbourne area. He won a scholarship to the Drummond Road Art school in Bournemouth where he studied under Lister Lobley and went on to teach there. He was also a student at the Royal Academy School and won a gold medal in a national competition of the School of Art 1909 to 1910.
He is one of England’s most significant twentieth-century painter-printmakers, his evocative etchings, lithographs, linocuts and wood engravings capture a disappearing world of tranquil countryside and bustling waterways, his monochrome prints reveal a mastery of atmosphere, light and shade. His passion for working boats and industrial architecture took him to the Humber, Medway and of course, to the Thames.
His first solo exhibition was in Bournemouth in 1930, he was elected Associate of the the Royal Society of Painter Etchers in 1916 and a full member in 1936. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy from 1915 and with the Royal Society of Painters, Etchers and Engravers, The Society of Graphic Art, The Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours. His work is held in the Russell Cotes Art Gallery in Bournemouth and public galleries in Hastings, Eastbourne, Southampton, Oldham, Cheltenham, The Victoria and Albert and the British Museum.