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Edward Sharland (1884-1967) - Signed & Framed Etching, Bristol University Tower



A delightfully well-detailed etching with hand colouring, depicting Bristol University Tower, or 'the Wills Building', with British City Museum and Art Gallery to the foreground. Signed in graphite below the plate, and inscribed with the title. Well-presented in a mid-century wooden frame, as shown. On wove.


In good condition overall. Some light surface discolouration, and light scuffing to the frame. With plate lines.


47 x 31.5cm (18.5" x 12.4")
Framed Size: 65.7 x 50.5cm (25.9" x 19.9")

Artist Biography

Sharland was a prolific and competent etcher who was born in Bristol and apprenticed to follow his father's trade of cabinet-making. Indeed the 1911 census lists him as a 'wood turner'. He worked for a time as a carver, decorating the furniture for a joinery company in Bitton, but he later seems to have earned his living as an artist. He also painted in oils and was said to be self-taught. Topographical etchings of Bristol by Sharland are recorded from 1909. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, RWA and Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.

Sharland also experimented with colour etching and Frost & Reed published much of his work in the 1920's and 1930's, including a set of four prints of the University Tower. After living in Portishead for some years he later moved to Truro, Cornwall where he died in 1967. He was a member of the Fine Art Trade Guild. Engravings by Sharland are in the collection of the NRM and the National Trust.

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Code kr030
Artist Edward Sharland (1884-1967)
Date Mid 20th Century
Dimensions 47 x 31.5cm
Framed Yes
Medium Etching
Style Realism
Subject Architecture & Cityscapes
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