Anglo-French painter in oils, pastel and watercolour, particularly of regattas and other sporting and ceremonial occasions. Born at Le Havre of French parents; his father was a collector and friend of various artists, including Dufy and Braque. At twelve was sent to school in England to perfect his English. Worked for ten years in his father's firm importing india rubber and coffee in Liverpool and Hamburg, then spent a year in Canada, followed by nine months as a sailor. On return to Europe, began to devote himself entirely to painting. Served in the British Army in the 1914-18 war, and afterwards wrote on his experiences A Frenchman in Khaki (1934). Was encouraged in his painting by his friends Segonzac, Boussingault, Derain, Bonnard and Vuillard. Married a British wife in 1921, took British nationality, and henceforth lived mainly in England, except for periodic visits to France and elsewhere. First one-man exhibition at the Independent Gallery, London, 1925. Died at his home at Treyford, Sussex.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.506