GREENWOOD, John Frederic

1885 - 1954

John Frederic Greenwood was born at Rochdale, Lancashire on 13 June 1885, son of Robinson Greenwood, a schoolmaster, and his wife Anne née Nuttall, who married at Rochdale on 4 August 1877. In 1881, 5 year old John was living at Falinge Fold, Spotland, Rochdale with his parents, 43 year old Robinson and 46 year old Anne with three siblings, Marianne 12, Charles M. 10 and Sarah A. 8, all born in Rochdale. He studied at Shipley and Bradford Schools of Art and the Royal College of Art in London 1908-1911, when he was a 25 year old art student, lodging at 54 Chesilton Road, Fulham, London, the home of 48 year old John Case and his family. He married at North Bierley, Yorkshire in 1913, Laura Josephine Teale (22 June 1889-1972) and they had two daughters. A wood and a copper engraver, etcher, and illustrator and in 1921 his first wood engraving was exhibited with the Society of Wood Engravers, but in 1926, with a number of other artists including Percy Bliss {1900-1984), Gertrude Hermes (1901-1983), Blair Hughes-Stanton [q.v.] and Leon Underwood (1890-1975), became involved with Gordon Craig's rival group, the English Wood Engraving Society. Greenwood exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Society in 1923 two wood engravings 'The Actor Manager' and 'Judith' and exhibited both in the UK and internationally. Greenwood's style is heralded as among the finest to represent the English landscape and its architecture. Malcolm Salaman in 'Art of the Woodcut: Masterworks from the 1920s' wrote, "Mr. John F. Greenwood's reputation as an engraver of the English country, sensitively observed and finely planned on the block, is well established, and his interesting woodcut series of the Cambridge Colleges shows his pictorial sympathies with buildings hallowed by associations." Greenwood illustrated 'Twenty-Four Woodcuts of Cambridge' and 'A Short History of Ely Castle', and his prints were included in several compilations on the subject of the modern woodcut craft. Greenwood was a member of the Royal Society of British Artists, and the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers. He taught at Bradford School of Art, Battersea Polytechnic School of Arts and Crafts and Leeds College of Art and in 1939 was Head of School at Leeds College of Art, living at Sedbergh Park, Ilkely with his wife Laura and their two children. John Frederick Greenwood died in Ilkley, Yorkshire, England in 1954.









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