Literature: Llewellyn, Sacha, and Paul Liss. Portrait of an Artist. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p.318.
This pen and ink drawing by Geoffrey Rhoades was the original design for his self- portrait wood engraving of 1941. When Rhoades left the Slade School of Fine Art, (where he was a student from 1919-1923) Henry Tonks said: “You’ve something I haven’t ‚Äì imagination‚Äù. During the Second World War, he lived close to and was friends with the group of artists, including Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden, who moved to Great Bardfield in Essex.
The wood engraving dates to 1941 when Rhoades moved with his family to Bran End, near Dunmow, Essex. A trial proof of an early state in the final block the experimental shadows in the background has been entirely removed.