Lacey (Edward Hill)

Portrait of a Boy,


, , c.1925.
an informal sketch of youthful boredom, the casually captured moment conveyed by the very lightly etched arms and shoulders, focussing our gaze on the soft face with closed eyes of the boy’s head resting heavily his hands, all fully worked in drypoint.

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..