Monday, 4 January 2016

Elizabeth Field-Eden, british printmaker

Field-Eden, Elizabeth

(1902 - ?)

British painter and printmaker

Recently I was pointed by Tom from Boston to this watercolor (for sale with a "Buy-Now" button in Ebay at a Cotswold dealer) and "followed" by a hoard of interested but not daring to buy customers. Supposedly it is a study for a woodblock print. Wouldn't it be nice to know if she really came to carve the blocks for making a print ?

Again Wolfgang, the Wizzard from Frankfurt, solved the puzzle of the castle’s location: it’s  Chateauvieux also known as Chateau Duingt on the borders of Lac d'Annecy below the spikes of the Massif du Taillefer. It is much nicer having a print or painting with a name or title.  

Trying to find out some more about the artist I landed in a 2011 posting in Steve Bishop’s former and abandoned Blog and found these two other examples of woodblock prints by this artist. 

Although Elizabeth is not treated in my copy of “British wood engraving of the 20th century” by Albert Garret she was in the Encyclopaedia of British Artists 1880-1940: a watercolour artist and wood engraver who had studied at the Birmingham Central School of Arts and Crafts and then on to the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Recorded addresses as Wolverhampton c1925 and then Edgbaston (near Birmingham) by 1928. Some exhibition record with 16 works shown at the Royal Society of Artists, Birmingham and 2 works at the New England Art Club. 

Thanks to the label on the back of the painting combined with an entry in an old telephone book she and her husband, a W. A. Field, who most probably was involved in the classics and/or archeological world, lived in Coleswood Lodge, East Common, Harpenden (Hertfodshire) some 40 km. North-East of the centre of London. So the painting could actually be from the artists estate.  

Obviously Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) was here too. 


All pictures borrowed freely from the Internet for friendly, educational and non commercial use only.  


  1. Elizabeth Eden was my grandmither. She died in 1997. Some of her work is kept at Birmingham school of Art.

    1. Thank you very much. If you would like to share some more (biographical) facts about your grandmother and possibly her art I would be delighted to write an update or additional on that posting.
      Many greetings from the Netherlands (