The Black Country gained its name from the proliferation of iron forges, coal mines and steel mills that populated the area in the 19th century. Whilst travelling between Liverpool and London in 1918, Wadsworth became so arrested by the scenery that he returned on foot in 1919. He began studying and sketching the landscape, eventually developing these works into highly finished compositions that he exhibited at an exhibition at the Leicester Galleries in 1920. The exhibition was met with great acclaim.
The Observer critic, P. G. Konody, described how Wadsworth had bought Vorticism into representational art:
‘A severe sense of form and rhythm, a logic of organisation, that are not found in the work of artists depending entirely on visual impression. These qualities enable him to distil art of the highest order out of material that to the ordinary painter would be not only unpromising but positively forbidding’.
|Image Size||36.5 x 48.3 cm|
|Paper Size||41 x 53.5 cm|
|Reference||Greenwood W/C 4|