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Edith Granger-Taylor (1887-1958)

Painter born in the Grassington in North Yorkshire where her father worked as the local doctor. In 1893 she moved with her family to Oxfordshire and soon began painting as a child. She attended local art classes in Oxford but by 1910 she was furthering her studies in London where she attended the Royal Academy Schools and St. John's Wood School of Art as well as taking private tuition from the renowned portrait painter Philip de Laszlo. She worked in a variety of mediums including oils and pastel and attended the Slade School as a mature student in 1919 where she studied under Henry Tonks. She later returned to the Slade in the early 1930’s where she studied stage design under Vladimir Polunin. She exhibited at the National Society of Painters, Sculptors & Printmakers exhibition in 1935.

She had previously exhibited at the Upper Grosvenor Galleries, in 1922, with one-person shows at the Blomquist Gallery, Oslo, in 1930, and the Beaux Arts Gallery, Bruton Place, in 1932. However by the late 1930’s depressed by the establishment's rejection of both female artists and of the pastel medium she ceased to exhibit at all. In 1958, a joint retrospective was planned at Walker's Gallery in New Bond Street of Edith’s work and that of her sister-in-law, Olive Deakes. That summer Edith died in a car accident. The exhibition went ahead, but attracted little critical notice. A retrospective exhibition was held at the Gillian Jason Gallery, London in 1989. She was the grandmother of painter Nicolas Granger-Taylor.

Bibliography: 
Edith Granger-Taylor, Olive Deakes : Catalogue of an exhibition of paintings, pastels and drawings held at the Walker's Galleries, London, 1958.

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