Piazza Campo Dei Fiori, Rome

WAG 9153


Wedgwood studied at Liverpool School of Art (1919 - 1921) and the Royal College of Art. He won the prestigious Prix de Rome in Engraving in 1925, and lived in Rome from then until 1929. He taught at the Liverpool Institute and the Liverpool School of Art in the 1930s. Liverpool University holds a large collection of prints by Wedgwood, the majority of which were collected by Sydney Jones, Wedgwood's patron and major benefactor of Liverpool University. This is a drawing of a public square in Rome. The name Campo de' Fiori translates literally as 'field of flowers'. Wedgwood produced an engraving of the scene in 1926, for which is this is a study (WAG 9154). The use of tracing paper to create different layers of the view allowed Wedgwood to envision the process of printmaking.