Edwin Edwards (1823-79)
'Plymouth from Mount Edgcumbe'
Museum no. CAI 277
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides
Edwards practised successfully as a lawyer until 1859, when at the age of 36 he retired from the profession and devoted himself to art. He was taught to etch by Legros, who probably introduced his work to Ionides. Despite its topographical promise, the real subject of this print is the trees and the patterns made by their branches against the sky.