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King Street, Kingston, Jamaica
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Government Art Collection

King Street, Kingston, Jamaica

Nan Youngman (1906–1995)

Government Art Collection

Artist in oil, watercolour, charcoal and other media, born in Maidstone, Kent, who for most of her career “combined part-time art teaching, children and adults, with my own painting.” She was art adviser to Cambridgeshire Education Committee, 1944–56; was the originator of the Pictures for Schools Exhibitions, with a first show at Victoria & Albert Museum, 1947; and made tours abroad for the British Council in connection with art education, starting with West Indies in 1952. Youngman studied at Slade School of Fine Art, 1924–7, under Henry Tonks and Philip Wilson Steer, gaining her diploma; then attended London Day Training College, 1928, under Marion Richardson, 1928, for her art teacher’s diploma. She was a member of WIAC, AIA and Cambridge Society of Painters and Sculptors, also exhibiting at RA and LG.

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

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