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Painter, muralist, draughtsman, lecturer and archivist, born and eventually settled in London. After gaining his fine art diploma from the Slade School of Fine Art, 1952–5 Chaplin graduated with honours in art history, 1955–8, at the Courtauld Institute of Art, working in the library there, 1958–9. After assisting Lawrence Gowing, head of Chelsea Art School, 1959–61, Chaplin lectured in art history and complementary studies at Leeds College of Art, 1961–6, then in the fine art department at University of Leeds, 1966–91, finally as department head, 1982–5, becoming senior fellow after early retirement, 1990–1. From 1968 he was an external examiner in art and art history widely throughout Britain. During 1990–7, Chaplin was Slade School archivist, Hon.

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

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