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Print artist rediscovered in exhibition

Date Posted: 10/10/2012

The Power of the Print: Leonard Beaumont Rediscovered opens at the Graves Gallery in Sheffield on 22nd December and continues until 14th September 2014.

Leonard Beaumont (1891-1986) was a prolific Sheffield-born artist and designer, who created skillful etchings and bold modernist linocuts.

He initially found inspiration for his etchings and drypoint work in the dramatic vistas of the Alps during holidays in Switzerland, and subsequently in the street life of Madeira and Tenerife.

The realistic prints he produced were each drawn from the recollection; Beaumont never worked outdoors, instead relying on memory to create his finely detailed scenes, many of which were displayed at the Royal Academy.

Shortly before his death, Beaumont donated over 80 of his prints to his home city of Sheffield. Group travel organisers can take people to see many of these works at the exhibition, the majority of which have not been seen for almost 30 years.

Amongst the works on display will be Towards the Valley (1923, drypoint), Mule Train (1930, etching), Mountain Stream (c1931, linocut) and In Flight (c1933, linocut).

Entry to the exhibition will be free.

For further group travel information visit www.museums-sheffield.org.uk.

Image credit: Leonard Beaumont, Heat, 1982, drypoint

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