Edward Wadsworth

British artist born 1889, died 1949. Wadsworth was born in Yorkshire but moved to London and studied at the Slade School of Art. It was here that he became associated with the Vorticists. He served in the Navy in World War 1, and nautical themes were to turn up in his art for the rest of his career. He moved away from the avant-garde in the 1920s, and adopted a more realistic style. However towards the end of his life his work become increasingly strange and surreal, although Wadsworth never had any formal links with the official Surrealist movement