Edmund BlampiedCamels at a Well
Camels at a Well. 1927-28. Drypoint. Appleby 130. 8 1/2 x 12 (sheet 11 9/16 x 18 1/4). Edition 100, #91. Illustrated: Fine Prints of the Year, 1928. A rich impression with plate tone, printed on the full sheet of cream laid paper. Signed and numbered in pencil. Housed in a 16 x 20-inch archival mat, suitable for framing. Edmund Blampied was a painter, etcher, lithographer and sculptor. Born in 1886 to a family of three boys in St. Martin, Jersey, Blampied became interested in drawing at an early age. After visiting the studio of John Helier Lander in 1899, Blampied decided to make a career as an artist. In 1903 he went to London to attend Lambeth Art School, where he studied etching under Walter Seymour. In 1905, he joined the Daily Chronicle as an artist. In that year he was awarded a scholarship to Bolt Court School of Photo-engraving and Lithography. In 1912 he left the Chronicle and established his own studio. He earned a living by illustrating novels and short stories. In 1913, he had his first exhibition at the Leicester Gallery in London. The following year he married Marianne Van Abbé. During the 1920's, he became a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers. During the 1920s Blampied became a member of the Royal Society of Painters-Etchers and Engravers and exhibited in London to critical acclaim. He produced a folio of comic drawings in the 1930s which was published in New York in 1934 and another that was published in London in 1936. The Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum published a mongraph on his work. His London exhibitions were highly successful. In 1938, he moved to Bulwarks, St.Aubin in Jersey, but at the onset of the Occupation, had to relocate to Route Orange, St. Brelade. remained there throughout World War II during the German Occupation, despite the fact that his wife was Jewish. During the Occupation he designed bank notes and a set of postage stamps for the States of Jersey. After the War and the end of the Occupation he continued to live and work in Jersey. In 1966, he died at the age of 80. He was a member of: Royal Society of British Artists, 1938 Royal Society of Painter Etchers and Engravers, 1921
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