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Natural History Museum of the Child
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Natural History Museum of the Child 1937

John Melville (1902–1986)

Leeds Museums and Galleries

Painter, born in London, but moved with his family in childhood to Birmingham where he continued to live. Largely self-taught, Melville towards the end of the 1920s became associated with the Modern Group in Birmingham. By the early 1930s he was connected with the Surrealists in London and had acquired a valuable patron in Birmingham, a civil servant, Enoch Lockett. In 1938 some of Melville’s works were banned from an exhibition in Birmingham by local councillors as being “detrimental to public sensibility”.

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

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