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. 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. 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.
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
|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||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|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Derwent Lees.|
- 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.
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