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Allegories of the Arts
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Allegories of the Arts 1927–1930

Adrian Paul Allinson (1890–1959)

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Painter, sculptor, draughtsman and poster designer. Born in London. He initially studied medicine, but gave this up to study art at the Slade School of Fine Art, 1910–12, where he was a member of a notable group of students working under Henry Tonks, Philip Wilson Steer, Fred Brown and Walter Westley Russell. Won a Slade Scholarship. Allinson was an athletic man, keen on skiing and climbing, a member of the Ski Club. At various times he taught drawing and painting at Westminster School of Art, designed posters for British Railways and was scenic designer for the Beecham Opera Company. Exhibited RA, NEAC, RBA, ROI, Leicester Galleries and Fine Art Society, which put on a retrospective in 1984. Allinson wrote an autobiography, Painter’s Pilgrimage.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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