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date: 17 November 2019

Gregory, Eric (Craven) [Peter] locked

(b Bradford, W. Yorks, Oct 6, 1887; d Lagos, Nigeria, Feb 10, 1959).

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(Craven) [Peter]

(b Bradford, W. Yorks, Oct 6, 1887; d Lagos, Nigeria, Feb 10, 1959).

English patron, collector and philanthropist. He was educated at Bradford Grammar School. He then began a successful career in the printing business, becoming Director and then Chairman of the printing and publishing firm of Percy Lund, Humphries & Co. Ltd, Bradford. In the 1920s he began to collect drawings, prints, paintings and sculpture, developing a rare appreciation for contemporary British art, especially sculpture. He became friends with several architects, artists, writers and musicians, and in 1923 met Henry Moore. Gregory is remembered as a philanthropist and as one of the earliest patrons of Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Graham Sutherland and Ben Nicholson, buying their work before World War II when they were little known (e.g. Henry Moore’s Woman’s Head and Shoulders, stone, 1932; now London, Tate). In 1947–8 he helped found the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, and assumed the duties of Treasurer, maintaining this position for the rest of his life. In ...

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