Artist biography

Colin GILL 1892–1940

Painter of historical mural decorations, genre and portraits. Born 16 May 1892 at Bexley Heath, Kent. Studied at the Slade School; first winner of Rome Scholarship 1913. Served in France on front-line camouflage and later as Official War Artist. Instructor in composition at the R.C.A. 1922–5. Exhibited at the N.E.A.C. from 1914 (member 1926) and at the R.A. from 1924. Painted ‘Defeat of the Danes’ in St Stephen's Hall, Westminster, 1928, and decorations in the Bank of England, Essex County Hall, Chelmsford, Northampton Town Hall and elsewhere. Went to South Africa in 1939 to paint decorations in the Magistrates' Court, Johannesburg, and died there 16 November 1940 before completing them. Joint author with his wife Una Long, under the name ‘Richard Saxby’, of Five Came to London 1938. Memorial exhibition at the Argus Gallery, Cape Town, 1941.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I