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Gardens in Wytham Village
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Courtesy of the Warden and Scholars of New College/Bridgeman Images

Gardens in Wytham Village 1951

Lawrence Toynbee (1922–2002)

New College, University of Oxford

Painter and teacher, born in London, son of the historian and social philosopher Arnold Toynbee and brother of the writer Philip Toynbee. Lawrence’s mother was Rosalind Murray, eldest daughter of Gilbert Murray, the classical scholar and poet. Toynbee’s portrait of him is held by the National Portrait Gallery. In 1945, Toynbee married Jean Asquith, whose father was Arthur, third son of Herbert Asquith, the former Liberal prime minister. He attended Ampleforth College and Oxford University and studied at Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford, 1945–7, teachers including Randolph Schwabe, Albert Rutherston, Percy Horton, Rodrigo Moynihan and Kenneth Rowntree. Among his teaching appointments were Ruskin, Oxford School of Art and Morley College, where the Gallery under his direction was notable for its exhibitions.

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

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