On the Way to the Meet by Lionel Edwards



Title

On the Way to the Meet

Artist

Lionel Edwards

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Type Fine Art Print
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Description  
This is a charming early work by a man still regarded by many as one of the greatest sporting artists of the twentieth century. Lionel Edwards hunted throughout his adult life with great enthusiasm, and the expert touch in his hunting scenes is unmistakeable. This painting is believed to have been executed in around 1912, during an eventful period in Edwards’ life. After his 1905 marriage, he and his wife Ethel had gone to live in Oxfordshire, before moving to Worcestershire in 1909. They stayed there for three years, but finding that the hunting country was “not ideal…having too many woods, market gardens and orchards”, Edwards took his wife and two young children to live in his mother’s home at Benarth, in north Wales. The Edwardses thrived in this rural idyll: many miles from the nearest town, they were obliged to be self-supporting, and with their love of animals and of nature they took readily to a farmer’s life. They grew their own vegetables and kept pigs, cows and poultry, along with a couple of horses for transport. Needless to say, time was also found for hunting. Like so many others, their tranquil existence was to be shattered by the outbreak of the First World War; yet the happiness of that period was beautifully reflected in Edwards’ work.