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British painter of landscape, still-life, and occasional religious subjects, born in Beijing, where his father was manager of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank. After two years studying at Cambridge University (which he described as ‘a waste of time’), he was apprenticed to a London firm of chartered accountants, but he quickly abandoned this career to study at the *Slade School under *Tonks, 1926–7, while also attending evening classes at the Westminster School of Art.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)