Grosvenor School of Modern Art

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Grosvenor School of Modern Art
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33 Warwick Square, the former home of the Grosvenor School of Modern Art (scaffolded, centre)
Active1925 (1925)–1940 (1940)[1]
FounderIain Macnab
LocationLondon, United Kingdom
51°29′23″N 0°08′30″W / 51.4896°N 0.1418°W / 51.4896; -0.1418Coordinates: 51°29′23″N 0°08′30″W / 51.4896°N 0.1418°W / 51.4896; -0.1418
Campus33 Warwick Square, Pimlico

The Grosvenor School of Modern Art was a private British art school. It was founded in 1925 by the Scottish wood engraver Iain Macnab in his house at 33 Warwick Square in Pimlico, London.[1][2]:31 From 1925 to 1930 Claude Flight ran it with him, and also taught linocutting there; among his students were Sybil Andrews, Cyril Power, Lill Tschudi and William Greengrass.[3]:400

The school[edit]

The school had no formal curriculum and students studied what and when they wished. There were day and evening courses: life classes, classes in composition and design, and classes on the history of Modern Art. Frank Rutter taught a course entitled "From Cézanne to Picasso".[2]:31 Macnab's wife, the dancer Helen Wingrave, gave a dance course.[4]:9

The Grosvenor School closed in 1940.[5]


The school did much to revive interest in print-making in general, and particularly in the linocut, in the years between the Wars.[5] Artists associated with it have come to be known as the "Grosvenor School", and their work commands high prices.[6]


Among those who studied at the school were:

Spowers, Black and Syme became instrumental in organising exhibitions and promoting the school in Australia.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Hal Bishop (2004). Macnab, Iain, of Barachastlain (1890–1967). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/64517 (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Mike O'Mahony (2012). Imaging Sport at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art (1929–37); in: Mike Huggins, Mike O'Mahony (eds.) (2012). The Visual in Sport. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9780415585071. p. 19–34.
  3. ^ Stephen Bury (ed.) (2012). Benezit Dictionary of British Graphic Artists and Illustrators, volume 1, Abbo – Lamp. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199923052.
  4. ^ Lora S. Urbanelli (1988). The Grosvenor School: British Linocuts between the Wars (exhibition catalogue). Providence: Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art. ISBN 9780911517491.
  5. ^ a b c Tim Jones (27 June 2014). Wood engraving artist finally won recognition. The Press; available at Christchurch Art Gallery – Te Puna O Waiwhetu. Accessed March 2015.
  6. ^ Colin Gleadell (17 Apr 2012). London Original Print Fair: Prints that move like lightening [sic]. Daily Telegraph.