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Edward Wolfe
© National Portrait Gallery, London. Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

Edward Wolfe 1920s (?)

Edward Wolfe (1897–1982)

National Portrait Gallery, London

Portrait, flower and landscape painter, mainly in oil, illustrator and draughtsman in pen and ink and pencil. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wolfe came to England and studied at the Slade School 1916–8, having in his native country worked for periods as a child actor and for a jeweller, during which time he had his first serious art lessons with the British painter George Smithard. Whilst at the Slade was invited by Nina Hamnett to join Roger Fry’s Omega Workshops, with which he first exhibited in 1918, the same year that he initially showed with LG. One-man show at Leon Levson’s Gallery, Johannesburg, in 1920, having returned in 1919 to paint there; the proceeds helped to fund his return to London, which then became his base, although he was throughout his life to travel in search of the sun.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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