Sheila Girdwood

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Sheila Girdwood’s heavily worked etchings of contemporary life during the 1930’s reflect the influence of C.F. Tunnicliffe in both their subject matter and handling. She exhibited her distinctive etchings and aquatints under both her maiden name, Girdwood, and her married name, Mrs. S. Connelly, contributing to London’s Royal Academy exhibition in 1937. She lived at 5 Sidney Avenue, London, N.13 during the thirties but all record of her whereabouts disappears with the outbreak of World War II. Original prints by Sheila Girdwood are now very rare indeed as it seems that her prints were not issued in published editions – she did not sign any of her proof impressions, all of which appear to have been printed for her personal satisfaction, without commercial intent.