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Desolation, Pleasley Colliery, Nottinghamshire
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: NHS Nottinghamshire County

Desolation, Pleasley Colliery, Nottinghamshire

Marjorie Arnfield (1930–2001)

NHS Nottinghamshire County

Artist, notably working in acrylic, and teacher, born in Sunderland, County Durham, who was struck by juvenile chronic arthritis aged four, and suffered from arthritis for much of her life. Despite the need for regular hospital treatment, she obtained her design and art teacher’s diplomas studying at Sunderland College of Art and at the King Edward VII College of Art, Durham University, tutors including Lawrence Gowing, Harry Thubron, Quentin Bell and Victor Pasmore. She returned to teach at her old school in Sunderland, other experience including adult education departments of Nottingham and Stirling Universities; Cumbria and Nottinghamshire Education Authorities; Workers’ Educational Association; King’s College in Cambridge; and many painting schools in Britain and abroad.

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


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