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DERWENT LEES (1885 -1931)

Derwent Lees was born Desmond Lees in Hobart, Australia on 14 November 1884. After studying in Melbourne and Paris he was invited to teach at the Slade School of Art in London, 1908. In 1911 he became a member of the New English Art Club.

Together with Augustus John and James Dickson Innes he spent the years 1910-1912 painting in North Wales, and in 1912 he and Innes travelled to Collioure in southern France, where he painted the watercolour seen on our website. Through Augustus John he met his wife Edith Brice, known as Lyndra, the subject of many of his paintings. Sadly, his fragile mental health led to his being confined to an asylum from 1914 until his death in 1931.

Works in Public Collections

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Tate Gallery, London; The Fitzwilliam Gallery, Cambridge; The Government Art Collection; The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea.

Biography