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date: 14 October 2019

Sutherland, Graham (Vivian)locked

(b London, Aug 24, 1903; d London, Feb 17, 1980).
  • Ronald Alley

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(Vivian)

(b London, Aug 24, 1903; d London, Feb 17, 1980).

English painter and printmaker. He studied at Goldsmith’s College of Art in London (1921–6) and began his career as a printmaker, producing small, poetic, densely worked etchings of rural England, thatched cottages, and fields with stooks of corn (e.g. Pecken Wood, 1925; London, Tate), influenced by the early etchings of Samuel Palmer. Although he gave up etching soon after the collapse of the market for this work in 1930 and turned to painting, he did not begin to find his way as a painter until 1934, when he made his first visit to Pembrokeshire (now Dyfed), Wales. During the difficult transitional period he supported himself partly by designing posters, china, glass, and other forms of applied art.

The bareness of the landscape of west Pembrokeshire around St David’s, which was a revelation to him and a source of repeated inspiration, made the production of finished works of art ...

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