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Graham Sutherland was born in London. He studied at Goldsmith's College of Art and became one of Britain’s best known 20th Century artists. He exhibited worldwide during his lifetime and has been the subject of a number of major retrospectives since his death in 1980. His work can be found in all major private and public collections of 20th Century Art.

In 1934 he made his first visit to Pembrokeshire, where the landscape inspired him and he returned each summer until 1939. He worked as an official war artist during World War II, drawing and painting scenes of bomb damage, blast furnaces, tin mining and limestone quarrying. In 1944 he made a brief visit to France in order to make studies of bomb damage and his first visit to the south in 1947 resulted in him spending part of each year there.