Derwent Lees

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Lyndra by the Blue Pool, Dorset (1913), Art Gallery of South Australia
Tour Madeloc in the Pyrenees (c. 1913), Yale Center for British Art

Derwent Lees (14 November 1884 – 24 March 1931) was an Australian landscape painter.

Derwent Lees was born Desmond Lees in Hobart, Australia, in 1884. He lost a foot in a riding accident as a youth, while studying at Melbourne Grammar School in 1899-1900.[1] Moving to London in 1905, Lees studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, joining its staff in 1908. He was a member of the New English Art Club from 1911. The earliest known pencil work of a model is from 1909 while at the Slade school and is held in a private collection in Doreen, Victoria, Australia.

He was a friend of Augustus John and James Dickson Innes, and spent the period from late 1910 to 1912 with them at a cottage called Nant Ddu in north Wales. In 1912 Innes and Lees went on another painting trip to Collioure in France.[2] His wife Lyndra was one of Augustus John's former models. He was the only Australian artist represented at the 1913 Armory Show in New York.[3]

His artistic career was curtailed by a mental health problem which saw him confined to an asylum from 1918 until his death in 1931.

Works in collections[edit]

Title Year Medium Gallery no. Gallery Location
Lyndra at the Pool 1913 Oil on wood panel 29025 National Gallery of Australia Canberra, Australia
Four Heads 1910 Pencil & paper H1979.5 Brighton and Hove Museums Brighton, England
Landscape at Collioure 1910 Watercolour & gouache on paper N04241 Tate Gallery London, England
The Awakening 1910 Watercolour, pen & ink 63973 National Gallery of Australia Canberra, Australia
Lyndria in Wales 1910-14 Oil on paper 2450 Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, England
Evening 1911 Oil on canvas 9684 Government Art Collection London, England
Girl in a Black Hat 1912 Oil on wood panel 1888-4 National Gallery of Victoria Melbourne, Australia
Metairie des Abeilles 1912 Oil on wood N05355 Tate Gallery[4] London, England
Metairie des Abeilles 1912 Watercolour on paper N05356 Tate Gallery London, England
Spanish Landscape 1912 Oil on wood panel 29026 National Gallery of Australia Canberra, Australia
Spanish Landscape 1912-14 Oil on board H1990.24 Brighton and Hove Museums Brighton, England
Lyndra, the Artist's Wife 1913 Pencil & paper & board H1981.7 Brighton and Hove Museums Brighton, England
Lyndra in a Landscape 1913 Oil on wood panel 1821-4 National Gallery of Victoria Melbourne, Australia
Pear Tree in Blossom 1913 Oil on wood N05021 Tate Gallery London, England
Lyndra at Tanygrisiau 1913-1914(?) Oil on wood panel 1957-0014-3 Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Wellington, New Zealand
The Yellow Skirt 1914 Oil on wood panel 127080 National Gallery of Australia Canberra, Australia
Self Portrait 1917 Etching D5046 National Portrait Gallery London, England
Not titled [Eve holding the apple] 1920-29 Watercolour, pen & ink, pencil on cardboard 57603 National Gallery of Australia Canberra, Australia
Not titled [Portrait study: Woman with head turned to the right] 1920-29 Brush & ink & pencil on paper 57591 National Gallery of Australia Canberra, Australia
Not titled [Profile portrait of a woman] 1920-29 Pencil on paper 57597 National Gallery of Australia Canberra, Australia
Not titled [Woman reading] 1920-29 Pencil, ink & pen on paper 57600 National Gallery of Australia Canberra, Australia
Lady Howard de Walden Pencil on paper FA101413 Brighton and Hove Museums Brighton, England
Welsh Landscape in Winter Oil on wood panel 1951.1086 Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Swansea, Wales

References[edit]

  1. ^ 29 Painting(s) by or after Derwent Lees, Art UK: see extended Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists biography, under "artist profile". Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  2. ^ Carrick Hill
  3. ^ Giles Auty, "Exuberance truncated", Weekend Australian, 19-20 July 1997, p. 12
  4. ^ Tate Collection: Derwent Lees

Further reading[edit]

  • Derwent Lees, "Drawings", The Blue Review, Vol. I No. I (May, 1913).
  • Alleyne Zander, "Derwent Lees", Art in Australia, series 3, no. 48, Feb 1933.
  • Eric Rowan, Some miraculous promised land: J. D. Innes, Augustus John and Derwent Lees in North Wales 1910–13, Llandudno: Mostyn Art Gallery, 1982.
  • Merlin James, "Derwent Lees", The London Magazine, Feb/Mar 1992.
  • Henry R. Lew, In Search of Derwent Lees, privately published by Henry R. Lew, North Caulfield, Victoria, Australia. 1996. ISBN 0-646-28383-9.
  • Henry R. Lew, "J.D. Innes and Derwent Lees", The Australasian Antique Collector, Dec 1997–June 1998.