Michael Ayrton

1921–1975

Michael Ayrton, ‘The Captive Seven’ 1949–50
The Captive Seven 1949–50
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Biography

Michael Ayrton (20 February 1921 – 16 November 1975) was an English artist and writer, renowned as a painter, printmaker, sculptor and designer, and also as a critic, broadcaster and novelist. His varied output of sculptures, illustrations, poems and stories reveals an obsession with flight, myths, mirrors and mazes.

He was also a stage and costume designer, working with John Minton on the 1942 John Gielgud production of Macbeth at the age of nineteen, and a book designer and illustrator for Wyndham Lewis's The Human Age trilogy. An exhibition, 'Word and Image' (National Book League 1971), organised with Wyndham Lewis, explored their literary and artistic connections. He also collaborated with Constant Lambert and William Golding.

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Artworks

Artist as subject

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Prunella Clough Diary

18 November 1944–27 February 1947
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Keith Vaughan Journal number sixty-two

11 August 1975–4 November 1977
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Henry Moore OM, CH, recipients: Kenneth Clark, Jane Clark Letter from Henry Moore to Kenneth and Jane Clark

January 1970

Sketches, letters, etc.

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Henry Moore OM, CH, recipient: Michael Ayrton Letter from Henry Moore to Michael Ayrton

28 October 1949
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Henry Moore OM, CH, recipient: Michael Ayrton Letter from Henry Moore to Michael Ayrton

28 May 1959

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