A Lesson in Art & Life – Hugh St.Clair
The quote on the back of this book is from the esteemed plantswoman Beth Chatto, she wrote in her diary “[It is] impossible to say what he [Cedric Morris] has meant to me. [He] influenced me in so many ways, made my life. And many, many others. A great man, and a very modest man, in his own way.”
Cedric Morris and his partner, Arthur Lett-Haines, were a couple who were at the centre of the Modern British Art scene. Both had studied in Paris and when they returned to London they threw parties that were attended by the cream of creative London.
From London they moved to Suffolk and set up the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing – an institution where there was no teaching as such there was just encouragement and the space and support to create art. Students of the school included Maggi Hambling and Lucian Freud. Lett-Haines also looked after the catering at the school, often swapping recipes with Elizabeth David and Morris developed his passion for plants, becoming an award winning breeder of poppies and irises.
Hardback. 216 pages.
16.8cm x 24.1cm x 2.6cm