Roger de Grey

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Sir Roger de Grey PRA (18 April 1918 – 14 February 1995 London) was a landscape painter. From 1984 to 1993 he was President of the Royal Academy.

Early life and education[edit]

English landscape painter, Spencer Gore.[1] He studied art at the then Chelsea Polytechnic from 1936–1939. During World War II he was commissioned in the Royal Armoured Corps. After the war he returned to Chelsea to complete his studies from 1946–1947. His tutors were Ceri Richards, Robert Medley, Harold Williamson and Raymond Coxon.

Art practice[edit]

de Grey was a landscape painter. He often worked in Kent and France, painting outdoors and then finishing his work indoors. His first solo show was at Agnew[disambiguation needed] in 1954. Later he exhibited at the Tate Gallery and Royal Academy, as well as internationally. His paintings are still sought after by collectors.[2]

Teaching and administration[edit]

De Grey had a long and distinguished career as an artist educator. He was a Lecturer at King's College, Newcastle upon Tyne (1947:// Obituary from The Independent newspaper by Norman Rosenthal]</ref>

The Royal Academy[edit]

In 1962, Roger de Grey was elected A.R.A. and became a full Academician in 1969. From 1976 until 1984, he was Treasurer under the Presidency of Sir Hugh Casson. De Grey became Casson's successor when The Royal Academy elected him President in 1984. Roger de Grey was elected Senior RA in October 1993, the year he stepped down from being President. He was elected RWA in 1994.


Roger de Grey was knighted in 1991 for his services to British Art. He was given a Memorial show at the Royal Academy in 1996. The Tate Gallery and Arts Council of Great Britain hold several examples of his work. He married in 1942 Flavia Hart, A.R.A. (née Irwin; two sons, one daughter) and died in London in 1995, aged 77.


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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Sir Hugh Casson
President of the Royal Academy
Succeeded by
Sir Philip Dowson