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Frank Coombs (1906–1941)

Photo credit: Victoria Art Gallery

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Frank Coombs was born in Radstock. In the 1930s he worked at the Storran Gallery, a commercial art gallery in London. Together with a painter, Eardley Knollys, Coombs organised a remarkable series of exhibitions there, featuring works by Picasso, Modigliani and Utrillo, as well as by leading British artists including Philpot. Coombs was killed during the Second World War, aged only 35.

Glyn Philpot achieved considerable success in his twenties and thirties as a painter of grand, traditional society portraits. The financial security that this brought gave him the freedom to pursue his interests, painting mythological and imaginative subjects, and, in the 1930s, adopting a more experimental, modernist style.

Victoria Art Gallery





oil on canvas


H 55 x W 38 cm

Accession number

BATVG : P : 1941.10

Acquisition method

gift from the Contemporary Art Society, 1941

Work type



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