(b Halifax, Yorkshire, 22 Oct. 1879; d London, 29 Sept. 1959). British painter. He studied at the Slade School, 1905–7, and for a short time in Paris (1911) under Matisse. Thereafter he identified strongly with French art and during the interwar years he spent much of his time in France, mainly in Aix-en-Provence and Paris. He was delicate in health and of a nervous disposition, but this is hardly apparent from his work, which uses colour in a bold, unnaturalistic manner echoing the Fauves. His lush brushwork, too, has great vigour, and he was one of the few British painters to excel in painting the nude, his dark saturated colours and opulent fluency of line creating images of great sensuousness. He also painted landscapes (most notably a series done in Cornwall in 1920) and still lifes.
Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)