Edmund Blampied is the greatest artist ever to come from the Channel Islands. His work included etchings, drawings as well as paintings.
He spent most of his childhood at Augrès, Trinity He attended Trinity Parochial School.
From an early age he was interested in drawing. This interest was stimulated by a visit in 1899 to the studio of John Helier Lander. Yet he received no formal training in art until he was 16 years old. He left Jersey in 1903 to attend Lambeth Art School in London. He learnt etching under Walter Seymour.
He joined the Daily Chronicle in 1905 as an artist. As important to his work was the fact that at the same time he was awarded a scholarship to Bolt Court Scool of Phot-engraving and Lithography.
He set up his own Studio in 1912 after leaving the Chronicle. He earned a living by illustrating books.
In 1913, he had his first exhibition at the Leicester Gallery in London. The following year he
married Marianne van Abbe.
The 1920s were his golden years. He became a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers; the Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum published a mongraph of his work; and his London exhibitions were a great success with the public.
He returned to Jersey in 1938 and was there throughout the 2nd World War during the German Occupation and despite the fact that his wife was Jewish. During the Occupation he designed bank notes and a set of postage stamps for the States of Jersey.
After the War and the end of the Occupation he conitinued to live and work in Jersey. He died at the age of 80.
When he died he left an unfinished painting on his easel.
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