Derwent Lees 1885-1931

Artist biography

Derwent LEES 1885–1931

Landscape painter. Born 23 November 1885 in Melbourne, Australia. Lost his right foot in a riding accident. Educated at Melbourne University and in Paris. Studied in Paris; came to London in 1905 and entered the Slade School, where he studied under Brown and Tonks and where he taught Drawing from 1908 to 1918. Travelled extensively in Germany, Russia, Belgium, Italy and France. Closely associated with Augustus John and J. D. Innes. Member of the N.E.A.C. 1911–19, and of the Friday Club 1911–16; also exhibited at the Goupil Gallery and the Chenil Galleries, where he held a one-man exhibition in 1914. From c. 1919 suffered from an incurable mental disease which brought about his death in London on 28 March 1931. Retrospective exhibitions of his work at the Redfern Gallery in 1934 and 1939.

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