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Dennis Creffield (Born 1931)

Dennis Creffield became a student in David Bomberg’s classes at the Borough Polytechnic, London during 1948 to 1951. He went on to study at the Slade School of Fine Art, where he won the Tonks Prize for Life drawing, (Henry Tonks was the Slade Professor between 1917 and 1930) and the Steer medal for Landscape painting, (Philip Wilson Steer, professor at The Slade between 1899 and 1930). Creffield is famous for his exceptional series of drawings in charcoal of the twenty-six medieval English Cathedrals. This was made possible with the aid of a commission from the Arts Council and a touring exhibition to twelve English cities, finishing at the Camden Art Centre, London. This project took the artist two years, 1988 to 1990 and was soon followed, in 1991 by an impressive collection of drawings of eleven French Cathedrals, undertaken in a month of travel in rain and cold through Northern France. The completed drawings were shown at the Albemarle Gallery, London in 1991. It is interesting that Creffield’s first teacher, David Bomberg, had many years before drawn the Northern French cathedrals of Chartres, and Notre Dame as well as St. Paul’s in London.