Edmund Blampied (British, 1886-1966) is known for his mastery of etching, drypoint, and lithography. He is also known for his paintings, which he produced later in his career.
Blampied was born at Ville Brée in the parish of St. Martin on the island of Jersey in Great Britain. In 1903, he traveled to London to study at the Lambeth School of Art. During the same time, Blampied worked as an illustrator, publishing his work in various London newspapers. By 1911, he was working full-time as a book and magazine illustrator. Blampied took on printmaking and learned various techniques at the London County Council School of Photo-Engraving and Lithography. The First World War came around and Blampied enlisted in the Jersey Royal Militia. After the war, the artist was contracted by two art dealers in London, Leicester Galleries and Lefevre & Son, who exhibited, published, and sold his prints. Blampied depicted scenes of farm laborers, horses, and livestock. In 1920, Blampied was elected to the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers. He kept producing commercial works for magazines and newspapers as his primary source of income. Blampied signed his commercial works as ‘Blam’ and used his complete name for his own original paintings and prints. The 1930s experienced a decline in etching so the artist focused his efforts on painting and drawing. He even embarked on a series of trips to France, Spain, and North Africa. In 1935, Blampied exhibited his work at in London and Glasgow and two years later in 1937 at a few galleries in New York. In 1941, the Print Club of Cleveland in Ohio exhibited a major retrospective of the artist. Edmund Blampied’s work can be found in numerous collections and major museums such as the British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Boston Public Library and Museum of Fine Arts, among others.