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An Australian artist in London : the untold story of Hewitt Henry Rayner (1902-1957) and his friendship with Walter Sickert
An Australian artist in London : the untold story of Hewitt Henry Rayner (1902-1957) and his friendship with Walter Sickert
Staton, Roger2013
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It's long overdue for the Henry Rayner story to be told, and this new biography at last gives people a chance to learn about his life and work. The book covers Rayner's formative years growing up in Australia and New Zealand, his arrival in England in 1923, his experiences at the Royal Academy Schools, and his struggle to pursue his art in the face of poverty, ill health, war injuries, the economic depression of the 1930s and (as he saw it) the hostility of the British art community. The story is rich in detail, thanks to information from his own notes and unpublished manuscripts, discovered in 2003, supplemented by original research in Australia and the UK. The 320-page book is also copiously illustrated with over 100 examples of his drypoint work, drawings and paintings, together with previously unpublished family photographs. Rayner's decade-long friendship with Walter Sickert is a central theme of the book. Other characters who flit in and out of the story include Augustus John, Nina Hamnett, Ethel Mannin, Arnold Bennett, Philip Wilson Steer, Yoshio Markino, and Charles Sims.
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Imprint:
London : Pegasus Press, 2013.
Collation:
xiii, 305 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Notes:
Grey Lynn, New Street, Brighton, Brighton Mechanics' Institute.Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9780955816017
Dewey class:
709.24
Language:
English
LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Brighton LibraryLocal Area CollectionLOC 709.24 RAYNot for loan (Set: 16 Jul 2015)
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