Yorkshire-born artist, graphic designer and camofleur. Edward Wadsworth is probably best known for his for camoflage designs for allied "dazzle ships" during World War I, which applied his early Vorticist style on a vast scale in order to confuse U-boats as to the size, speed and direction of a vessel. There's plenty of info on Wadsworth at Wikipedia and elsewhere so no point reiterating... I'd always assumed he was a member of the Surrealist movement, but in fact he never joined the group or associated with them. The images above are from Edward Wadsworth: Complete Paintings and Drawings by Jonathan Black, and there are many more here and here.
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