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Walter James West ARBSA - Early 20th Century Sketchbook of Graphite Drawings

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Walter James West ARBSA - Original 1888 Graphite Drawing. An unsigned sketchbook of graphite drawings. This was acquired with the Walter West Collection, and is presumed to be by his hand. Some of the sketches are dated, from between 1888 and 1908. Comprises drawings on 40 pages, plus 4 loose pages inserted. Sketches include trees, landscapes, animals and buildings. Many are inscribed, including Highnam (Glos) and Malvern Church. Fabric bound, with leather spine. The covers have knocks, marks and losses; the drawings are generally in good condition but with the odd smudge or foxing. Unsigned. In fine condition.

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 eacher 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”.


15.8 x 12.1cm (6.2" x 4.8")

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Code ms291
Artist Walter James West ARBSA
Date 1888
Dimensions 15.8 x 12.1cm
Medium Graphite
Style Realism
Subject Landscape
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