Friday, 11 February 2011

Sidney Tushingham - Printmaker

Sidney Tushingham 1884-1968 was an artist printmaker whose work has largely been over looked by the modern collector. Many of his pictures were typical 1920's black line etchings of topographical views and buildings, so fashionable then but not so much with the modern homemaker. They are technically excellent and well observed studies, some of the western counties and others of Italian cities.

The images that interest me are his delightful studies of babies and children; either as portraits or at play. The portrait type studies such as Betty or Infant Playing are real children not just caricatures like Eileen Soper. His children at play are easily as charming as Soper or J H Dowb. One has to wonder whether these are family !!

He was a painter and etcher born in Burslem and distantly related to the pottery pioneer Ralph Wood. He studied at the Burslem School of Art winning the Scholarship for Painting which allowed him to study at the Royal College of Art. He worked in the West country, Spain and Italy.

The majority of his published etchings are detailed in 2 catalogues published by the gallery James Connell & Sons Ltd, London and Glasgow. 
His etchings were published in very small edition sizes. The individual prints are not numbered so reference to the catalogues is essential.

His etchings are usually signed in pencil and monogrammed within the plate.

Extensive record of exhibited works. Including at;
Abbey Gallery
Connell & Son Gallery
Royal Academy
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Glasgow Inst of the Fine Arts
Fine Art Society
International Society
Royal Scottish Academy
Royal Soc of Painter-Etchers & Engravers

Within his life time examples of his work were held in many public/corporation collections. 
Including; British Museum, Walker Gallery Liverpool, Glasgow Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent Art Gallery, Cardiff Art Gallery, Derby Art Gallery, Southport Art Gallery, Bootle Art Gallery, New York Public Library, Art Institute Chicago, Californian State Library and the Museum of History, Science and Art, Los Angeles.


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