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Burn was a student at the Slade School of Art from 1918-22 and after graduating made his reputation as a painter of portraits and of landscapes. 'Waterlow Park, Highgate' is a significant example of the large scale planning and design prevalent among Slade School students. It is one of eight semi-circular canvases by Slade trained young artists that were painted in the hope that the London County Council would place them in prominent spaces in the newly built County Hall. The paintings were not acquired for County Hall and this is possibly the only one of the eight still in existence.

September 2004