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Mr Routledge

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Kurt Schwitters was born in Hannover, in Germany, and studied at the Dresden Academy of Art. Labelled a ‘Degenerate Artist’ by the Nazis, Schwitters fled Germany in January 1937. He followed his son to Norway, but was forced to flee once again when the Nazis invaded in 1940. Following a period of internment on the Isle of Man as a refugee, Schwitters eventually moved to the Lake District in June 1945 accompanied by his companion, Edith Thomas.

Abbot Hall Art Gallery





oil on panel


H 69.9 x W 54 cm

Accession number

AH 2741/85

Acquisition method

purchased with the assistance of the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, 1985

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Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Kirkland, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AL England

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