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Brenda Chamberlain by Candlelight
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: City & County of Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Collection

Brenda Chamberlain by Candlelight 1939

John Petts (1914–1991)

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

Multi-talented artist, sculptor, teacher and publisher, born in London. Although the glass engraver and writer Laurence Whistler ranked Petts alongside Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland and Stanley Spencer as an artist dealing with Christian themes, Petts remained an outsider, relatively unknown. Studied at Hornsey College of Art, 1930–2; then 1933–4 was at Royal Academy Schools and Central School of Arts and Crafts.

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

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