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The Heron
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge

The Heron c.1928

William Staite Murray (1881–1962)

Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge

Potter, painter, printmaker, draughtsman and teacher, born in London. From 1893–5 he studied with his cousins William Fisher and Hettie Staite, further studies taking place on continent in late 1890s while working as a bulb and seed farmer. After extensive travels in North America, Europe and Africa, before World War I he attended pottery classes at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, about 1915 joining Cuthbert Hamilton at Yeoman Pottery. After World War I Army service, in 1919 set up own pottery and began to exhibit in mixed exhibitions, including Leicester Galleries, Red Rose Guild and Arts League of Service, having a first solo exhibition at William B Paterson’s Gallery in 1924. In 1925 was appointed to Royal College of Art staff, in 1926 becoming head of the pottery department.

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


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