Bootham Bar and York Minster, etching, pencil signed lower right,
inscribed lower left, 11.5" x
plate, 21.25" x 24.75" frame.
About the Etching: Very good condition; newly framed (Larsen
Juhl - black) with double mat (black inner)
and UV glass.
About the Artist: Henry George Walker was born in 1876 in
the Birchfield area of Birmingham, where
his father was in the coal trade. From 1897-1901
he attended the well-known Birmingham Municipal
School of Art, now part of the University
of Central England. He may have designed
jewellery for a time after finishing his
training there. By 1907 he was working as
a freelance designer and commercial line
artist from his own studio in his Birchfield
home. The patriotic Bulldog in a naval cap
probably represents one of his commercial
commissions during the First World War, though
it was used again at the beginning of the
Second, several years after his death.
He became active as an etcher from
1921, when he first exhibited at the
Birmingham Society. To make a living,
concentrated on popular architectural
topographical plates in various combinations
of soft-ground etching, dry-point,
both coloured and monochrome. The etchings
are titled and signed in pencil Henry
with H.G.W. or H.G.Walker on the plate
though he was known to friends and
He produced over 150 designs, more
of them of places in the South West.
particularly successful with studies
like Tenby and Brixham with their trawlers.
As the 'etching boom' of the 1920s
to recede with the onset of the Depression,
he seems to have started to experiment
ink-and-wash designs for reproduction
coloured prints. They were chiefly
and dogs in humorous situations, somewhat
in the manner of his slightly older
Walker moved to Babbacombe in Devon
and set up his studio in a new house,
the venture was cut short by his early
in 1932. He was buried in Barton Cemetery
Torquay, next to the grave of the Victorian
sculptor Sir Bertram Mackennal. - from Dogs Monthly.
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