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Herbert Lom (b.1917), as the King in 'The King and I' by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Portrait painter and teacher, born in Accrington, Lancashire, his father a surgeon and professor of music of Russian descent. Attended Accrington School of Art, then won a Royal Exhibition in textile design to Royal College of Art. He studied there in 1939 and returned to the painting school, 1946–50; during World War II served in the Royal Engineers, taking part in the Dunkirk evacuation. From 1950–8 de Rose taught at various art colleges, including London College of Printing, then was head of the faculty of fine art, Maidstone College of Art, 1958–67. He was elected RBA in 1961, also showing at RA, RP, Zaydler Gallery, Bradford and Manchester Art Galleries, Paris Salon and other venues. Solo shows included Trafford, Alwin and William Ware Galleries, Haworth Art Gallery in Accrington which holds his work and widely in America.

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

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