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Duncan James Corrowr Grant (1885-1978)

Biography of artist Duncan James Corrowr Grant (1885-1978)

Duncan James Corrowr Grant (1885-1978) was a British painter and designer of textiles, pottery, theatre sets and costumes. Grant was born in Scotland on 21st January 1885 and was educated in India and St Paul's in London. He studied art at Westminster School of Art and in Paris under Jacques Emile Blanche.

Grant became the Director of Roger Fry's Omega Workshops and for the rest of his life involved himself with decorative commissions.

Around 1916, Grant became involved with Charleston and the Bloomsbury Group and a lifelong companion of Vanessa Bell.

Grant often worked in the South of France, spending summers at Cassis between 1927-1938.

His early close relationships were with Lytton Strachey and John Maynard Keynes.

In 1935, along with other prominent British artists, Grant was selected to provide paintings and fabrics for the RMS Queen Mary, a not altogether happy commission!

In Grant's later years, the poet Paul Roche, whom he had known since 1946 and who frequently modelled for Grant, took care of him and helped him maintain his way of life at Charleston.

Duncan Grant died on 9th May 1978. His remains are buried beside Vanessa Bell's in the churchyard of St. Peter's Church, West Firle in East Sussex, close to Charleston.

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Lot FS20/509

Lot FS20/509: Duncan James Corrowr Grant [ 1885-1978] - 'Mealtime', Arabs by A Roadside, Morocco

Duncan James Corrowr Grant [ 1885-1978] - 'Mealtime', Arabs by a roadside, Morocco - monogrammed and inscribed DG Morocco '68 on reverse of canvas 65 x 91cm.

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000
Realised: £4,000