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Walter James West - 1945 Graphite Drawing, Seated Woman

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Walter James West - Original 1945 Graphite Drawing. From a collection of graphite portraits by the same hand. Unsigned. There is a crease at the lower left corner.

Walter James West was a Birmingham artist born on 17th December. He started studying at the age of 14 at the Central school of Arts and Crafts in Birmingham. In the 1911 census, when he was 28, he is listed as a silversmith chaser. By the age of 30 he was then registered as a part time teacher and student. Later in 1918, he became a regular teacher of drawing at Vittoria Street Jewellery School, where he worked until his death in 1942. Mr West became an associate of the RBSA in 1936 and was a recognised artist amongst his peers, frequently exhibiting at The Birmingham Art Circle throughout the 1930s. He mostly exhibited landscapes in watercolour often depicting seascapes, architectural and topographical scenes. At the time his work was reviewed in the press and was described as having “a clean and careful skill in drawing with a love of delicate colour”.


33.4 x 23.1cm (13.1" x 9.1")

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Code ms297
Artist Walter James West
Date 1945
Dimensions 33.4 x 23.1cm
Framed No
Medium Graphite
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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