Artist in all media, photographer and writer on music who from 1940–70, apart from Army service, 1941–4, was a chartered surveyor in the family business, qualifying in 1940. He was born in Blackheath, London, and attended Colfe’s Grammar School and the College of Estate Management. From 1944–56 was a regular News Chronicle music critic, being an authority on Sir Arthur Bliss. In 1948 Dannatt began his association with the Dorset area, photographing it and taking up part-time residence in 1958, two years after reviving his interest in painting. In this he was self-taught. From 1963 Dannatt began an association with the Cornish painters. He was influenced by Penwith artists and especially John Wells through Ben Nicholson. Became an associate of Penwith Society of Art and a member of Newlyn Society of Artists.

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

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