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Maurice de Sausmarez (1915-1969)

Painter, teacher and writer on art education who, after attending Christ's Hospital, studied at the Royal College of Art. Among his teaching positions, he was principal of Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting and Head of the Department of Fine Art at Leeds University. He participated in the Pilgrim Trust Recording Britain project. Among his writings was the book Basic Design, which had a revolutionary effect on art education in many parts of the world. He showed at the RA, LG, NEAC and Leicester Galleries and was elected ARA in 1963. In 1971 Homage to Maurice de Sausmarez at Upper Grosvenor Galleries included work by him and his friends. He was highly influential as a teacher: amongst his better-known students is Bridget Riley. His works are held by the Victoria and Albert Museum and by several northern galleries. He was a Chelsea Arts Club member who lived finally in London.

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