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Contrasts No. 2
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service: Ipswich Borough Council Collection

Contrasts No. 2 1933

Cecil Howard Lay (1885–1956)

Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service: Ipswich Borough Council Collection

Architect, painter, printmaker and poet, born in Aldringham, Suffolk, where he lived a countryman’s life. Was educated at Ipswich School before going to the Architectural Association, but was self-taught as an artist. Was elected to RIBA in 1912, becoming a fellow in 1925. Travelled to Belgium and the Netherlands and became a friend of the painter Frank Brangwyn, who influenced Lay’s work. Was a prize winner in the Daily Mail’s Village Sign Competition.

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


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