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(b Chelsham, Surrey, 3 Dec. 1908; d Gudja, Malta, 23 Jan. 1998). British painter, printmaker, and maker of constructions who is unusual in having achieved eminence as both a figurative and an abstract artist. After early experiments with abstraction he reverted to naturalistic painting, and in 1937 he combined with William Coldstream and Claude Rogers in forming the Euston Road School. Characteristic of his work at this time and in the early 1940s are some splendid female nudes and lyrically sensitive Thames-side landscapes that have been likened to those of Whistler (Chiswick Reach, 1943, NG, Ottawa).

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)