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Evelyn Dunbar (1906-1960)

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Evelyn Dunbar studied at Rochester School of Art, Chelsea School

of Art (1927) and the Royal College of Art (1929–33). She painted

murals from 1933 -36 at Brockley School, a collaboration with her

RCA tutor (and lover) Cyril Mahoney (1903–1968) and in 1937

they wrote and illustrated together Gardeners’ Choice.


In 1938 she set up the Blue Gallery in Rochester, exhibiting her

own work alongside that of Edward Bawden (1903–1989) and

Barnett Freedman (1901–1958) and others. In 1940 she was

appointed an official war artist, becoming the only woman (amongst

36 men) to be given a full time salaried position by the WAAC.

She held her only solo exhibition at Withersdane, Wye, Kent

in 1953, although the WAAC included numerous pieces in touring

exhibitions ranging from Aberdeen Art Gallery to MOMA, New York.

A posthumous exhibition was held in 2006 at St Barbe

Museum and Art Gallery, and in 2015 Liss Llewellyn mounted a

major retrospective of her recently rediscovered studio at Pallant

House Gallery

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