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Painter of architecture, landscapes, flowers and abstracts in oils, watercolours and gouache; draughtsman, collagist, printmaker; stained glass, textile and theatrical designer; illustrator, maker of reliefs and constructions, photographer and writer. Born in Epsom, he worked as an articled clerk, 1921-6, before studying under Coxon at Richmond School of Art in 1926, and at the RCA 1927-9, where he studied painting under Martin Kestleman and stained glass under Francis Spear. In 1927 he met Braque and Henry Moore and in 1929 married Eileen Holding.

He exhibited at the London Group from 1931, wrote criticism for the New Statesman and The Listener from 1933, and in 1934 began to make abstract constructions, becoming a member, and subsequently secretary of the Seven and Five Society...

Nursery Frieze II - John Piper

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OSBORNE SAMUEL GALLERY is one of London’s leading galleries, long established in the heart of Mayfair. The gallery began as Berkeley Square Gallery and became Osborne Samuel when Peter Osborne and Gordon Samuel joined forces. The gallery specialises in Modern British Painting and Sculpture and has a high reputation for the quality of its exhibitions and publications. Expand...

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