Lacey (Edward Hill)



, , c.1930.
an arresting portrait of beautiful Spanish maiden, who stares bewitchingly directly at us, as she nonchalantly dangles what appear to dried leaves from the slender fingers of one hand, over a chrysanthemum head resting in the palm of the other, as she leans with her elbow on a window sill. Lacey’s mastery of drypoint starkly frames her head and shoulders, wrapped in a delicate lace shawl, against the intensely dark shadow of the room behind.

Edward Hill Lacey (1891-1967), sculptor and printmaker, was born and educated in Bradford, attending the School of Art there until called up to fight in the First World War. During that time, he applied to the sculpture department at the Slade, where he was encouraged to draw everything he saw in his service life and to re-apply when the conflict was over. Succeeding in this, he supplemented his studies in sculpture with drawing portraits, in which he flourished, even teaching himself etching to extend his practice. For most of his career he was based in London, with studios first in Camden then in south London. He staged several prestigious institutional exhibitions in London, Manchester and Glasgow, eventually settling in Hastings Old Town, where he died..