An English Idyll: Leslie Moffat Ward: Paintings and Prints


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Leslie Moffat Ward (1888-1978) lived in Bournemouth for most of his life, teaching at the Municipal College of Art and becoming a key figure in the Bournemouth Arts Club. His work was regularly shown at the Royal Academy and he was elected a member of the Royal Society of Painter Etchers (RE) in 1936.

He is perhaps little-known outside Dorset, but this book and the accompanying exhibition confirm his position as one of England’s most significant twentieth-century painter-printmakers. Ward’s evocative etchings, lithographs, linocuts and wood engravings capture a disappearing world of tranquil countryside and bustling waterways. Idyllic views of Poole Harbour and the Isle of Purbeck reflect his love of the Dorset landscape, but he travelled widely in search of pastoral subjects and took delight in the decaying buildings of Britain’s historic towns. His passion for working boats and industrial architecture took him to the Thames, Medway and Humber.

Leslie Ward was also an accomplished painter in oils and watercolour, capturing the chalk cliffs, ruins and architectural oddities of an England that would have been familiar to Hardy or Dickens. His monochrome prints reveal a mastery of atmosphere, light and shade and this book introduces us to an overlooked master of British landscape art.

  • 1. Features many rarely-seen images from private collections as well as paintings and prints from the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum.
  • 2. Will appeal to devotees of fine prints and lovers of the English landscape.
  • 3. Accompanies an exhibition at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington (25 April – 6 June 2015).

270 x 210mm
ISBN 978-1-908326-74-4
Publication 25 April 2015