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Stretches of the River Euphrates: Looking South in the Afternoon
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: National Trust Images

Stretches of the River Euphrates: Looking South in the Afternoon c.1932

Dora Altounyan (1886–1964)

National Trust, Clouds Hill

Painter, born in Windermere, Westmorland, daughter of artist and archaeologist W G Collingwood, her mother being the miniaturist Edith Mary Dorothy Collingwood, her daughter the painter Mavis Altounyan. W G Collingwood was biographer of John Ruskin, a close friend. From 1903, with her sister Barbara, Dora studied at Cope’s Drawing School, from 1905–9 at Reading University, where their father had become professor of art. Tutors included Walter Crane and the Arts and Crafts-oriented curriculum included metalwork and art history. During the five years pre-World War I, she attended La Grande Chaumière, L’Académie Nouvelle and L’Académie de la Palette, in Paris, teachers including G D Desvalières, Jean Metzinger and J D Fergusson, and saw Fauve, Cubist and Futurist pictures.

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


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