The Downs near Wilmington

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  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Cabinet Office, 70 Whitehall
  • About the artist
    Duncan Grant was born in Inverness in 1885. He studied at Westminster School of Art and also in Paris - where he met Matisse and Picasso - and at the Slade in London. From 1908 he was part of the Bloomsbury group, that included Vanessa Bell, her sister Virginia Woolf and Roger Fry. Grant’s painting style was influenced by the post-Impressionist exhibitions of 1910 and 1912 that Fry organised in London. With Fry and Bell, Grant founded the Omega Workshops to make decorative works. In his later years he lived at Charleston, Sussex, with Vanessa Bell. The pair travelled widely in Europe and spent much time in the South of France. After Bell's death in 1961, he continued painting and travelling and died in 1978 of pneumonia.
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    The Downs near Wilmington
    Oil on board
    height: 54.8 cm, width: 80.8 cm
    Transferred from the Ministry of Defence, April 2017
    br: D. Grant /26 [?]
    With Ernest, Brown and Phillips, London 1926; Ministry of Defence Collection; transferred to GAC 2017
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