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Family Group
Photo credit: Ben Uri Collection

Family Group c.1940

Bernard Meninsky (1891–1950)

Ben Uri Collection

Painter, draughtsman and teacher, born in Karotopin, Ukraine, father of the artist Philip Meninsky. A few weeks after birth he was taken to England and was brought up in Liverpool, where he attended the School of Art in 1906 after attending evening classes in art. In 1911 left with King’s Medal, having in the meantime studied briefly at Royal College of Art and Académie Julian, Paris. With a scholarship he entered the Slade School of Fine Art, 1912–13. In 1913 worked for Edward Gordon Craig at his theatre school in Florence, returning to teach at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. After several years in the Army, in 1918 was naturalised a British citizen, had a nervous breakdown and was discharged from service after six months as a Ministry of Information war artist.

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

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