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Pamela Lyndon Travers (1899–1996)
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

Pamela Lyndon Travers (1899–1996) c.1942

Gertrude Hermes (1901–1983)

National Portrait Gallery, London

Sculptor, wood engraver, lino-cutter, illustrator and designer of great versatility. Born at Bromley, Kent, Gerts, as she was known to her friends, first wanted to be a farmer and worked for a year on the land in Essex. Then she had a year at Beckenham School of Art and a year in Germany to learn the language, followed by four years at Leon Underwood’s School of Painting and Sculpture at Hammersmith, 1922–6. In 1926 married the artist Blair Hughes-Stanton, divorced 1933. Was influenced by the work of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and Brancusi and tribal sculpture in the 1920s and ’30s. First commission for a portrait bust was of the writer A P Herbert, in 1931, and she became noted for her busts of writers, such as Kathleen Raine (Tate Gallery) and David Gascoyne, and heads of children.

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


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