CARR, David

1915 - 1968

Barbara & David Carr

David Laurence Carr was born at Kingston, Surrey on 2 November 1915, son of Philip Carr (22 July 1884-19 December 1968), biscuit manufacturer, and his wife Marjorie Romer (16 November 1887-31 March 1973), eldest daughter of Edgar Romer, who married at Holy Trinity Church, Kensington Gore, London on 28 January 1909. In 1921 David was a 5-year-old living at Montrose House, Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey with his parents and a younger brother Richard and in the 1930s studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art and for several years at the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing at Benton End, Hadleigh, Suffolk. In 1939, an art student, living at Pound Farm, Higham, Ipswich, the home of Cedric Morris, when he gives the year of his birth as 1916. Other students at the school included Lucian Freud and Barbara Helen Gilligan, who David later married at Norton Radstock, Devon in 1942. A member and exhibitor from Starston, Norfolk at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle 1946-1947 and his work was included in a show at Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1953 and in a show at Southampton City Art Gallery and he also exhibited at the Royal Academy and at the Shaefer Gallery in New York. Retrospective exhibition took place at the Mayor Gallery in 1987 to coincide with the exhibition a monograph 'David Carr, the Discovery of an Artist' by Bryan Robertson & Ronald Alley was published by Quartet Books. In 1997 his work was shown alongside that of his friend Prunela Clough at Austin/Desmond Fine Art. David Laurence Carr died at Starston Hall, Diss, Norfolk on 29 November 1968, aged 53. An oil of David Carr and his wife Barbara Gilligan, by Cedric Morris is in the Tate Gallery.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 10a Worsley Road, London
1968 1115 Chair - charcoal and chalk

Works by This Artist