ROGERS, Claude

1907 - 1979

Claude Rogers

Claude Maurice Rogers, was born at Haringey, London on 24 January 1907, his mother was Mrs Ida Rogers. As a child he lived in Buenos Aires but returned to England to enter St Paul's School where he won a number of art prizes, he then studied at the Slade School of Fine Arts 19251929 and won a scholarship in 1927 and where his contemporaries were Rodrigo Moynihan (1910-1990), William Coldstream [q.v.], Geoffrey Tibble (1909-1952) and others who were associated with the founding of the Euston Road School in 1937. He worked in Paris in 1930 and at Gravesend, Kent in 1931, when he lived at the Norwegian Seamen's Mission. A member of the London Artists' Association 19311934, exhibiting with them in 1933. He married at Marylebone, London in 1937, the painter Elsie Evelyn Few [q.v.], and as a training college lecturer on art, in 1939 they were living at Rodwell House, Baylham, Ipswich. A member of the London Group 1938 and its president in 1952 and a member of the New English Art Club from 1943. During the Second World War he served in the Royal Engineers until he was invalided out in 1943, he then taught part-time at Hammersmith and St Martin's Schools of Art, and after the war he continued his teaching career at Camberwell School of Art 19451950, the Slade School 1950-1963 and Reading University, where he was professor of fine art 19631972. Working mainly in London and from Somerton, Suffolk where he lived, a painter of portraits, landscapes, and genre scenes although in his later work the underlying abstract quality of the composition became of more importance. He exhibited at the Leicester Galleries in 1954 and 1960, in 1955 there was a retrospective show at the Hatton Gallery of King's College in University of Durham and a tour and a major retrospective exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1973 and Ben Uri Gallery in 1992-1993. Awarded an O.B.E. in 1959, he died at 36 Southwood Lane, London N.W.6, on 18 February 1979.

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