Wednesday, 18 May 2011

W H Sweet - Painter Printmaker

Few from the antique print world would associate Walter Henry Sweet (1889-1943) with the type of image shown below. If you are familiar with him, then you would think of pretty brightly coloured watercolour paintings of West Country scenes, coastal views with old fisher folk outside ye oldy worldy cottages and like, similar in format to those of John Shapland, H W Hicks, R D Sherrin or T H Victor. If you had seen etchings by him then most likely they were the standard soulless black line studies of St Michaels Mount and the like.

So here is one to prove he was able to be a little bit more adventurous.


This was a small scale work, any larger and I think it would have lost it's appeal. It's sweetness !
I do not know if this had a titled but I referred to her as the Owl Girl.

The man himself was had studied at the Exeter School of Art under the guidance of John Shapland. He appears to have found an ready market for his work locally so there is little record of him exhibiting, although he did exhibit at the Devon and Exeter Annual Exhibition held at the Elands Art Gallery, Exeter.

During the First World War he served with the Devonshire Regiment and afterwords moved to Scotland to work as a commercial artist with James Valentines and Sons.
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