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© the estate of Edward Middleditch, courtesy James Hyman Gallery, London. Photo credit: National Trust Images

Butcher 1952

Edward Middleditch (1923–1987)

National Trust, Mottisfont Abbey

British painter, born in Chelmsford. After war service (during which he was awarded the MC) he studied in London at the Regent Street Polytechnic, 1948, and the *Royal College of Art, 1948–52. His contemporaries at the RCA included Derrick *Greaves and Jack *Smith, and with these two and John *Bratby he became one of the leading representatives of the *Kitchen Sink School in the 1950s. However, Middleditch was more interested in nature than in *Social Realism (landscapes and flowers are his favourite subjects) and in the 1960s his work became increasingly abstract without completely abandoning subject-matter. His dealer Helen *Lessore recalled that he never talked of his wartime experiences and deduced from this that the memory of them lay behind all he did.

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)


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