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Interior with an Arum Lily
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Interior with an Arum Lily 1939

Thomas Balston (1883–1967)

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
Writer and painter in oil, born at Bearsted, Kent. Balston was educated at Eton College and Oxford University. During the 1930s he studied painting for a short period with Mark Gertler and he exhibited extensively at Redfern Gallery. He was a discriminating collector whose own pictures are held by Manchester City Art Gallery and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Balston was a connoisseur who contributed to the specialist periodicals Image and Signature and who wrote several books on wood engraving, including a study of Robert Gibbings. Savile and Garrick Club member who lived in London.

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

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