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 Art 19251929 and won a scholarship in 1927 and where his contemporaries were Rodrigo Moynihan (1910-1990), William Menzies Coldstream, Geoffrey Tibble (1909-1952) and others who were associated with the founding of the Euston Road School in 1937. Claude 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, and he was a training college lecturer on art, in 1939 when they were living at Rodwell House, Baylham, Ipswich. A member of the London Group of Artists 1938 and was 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 College of Art and St Martin's School of Art, and after the war continued his teaching career at Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts 19451950, the Slade School of Fine Art 1950-1963 and at Reading University, where he was professor of fine art 19631972. Living at Somerton, Suffolk and working in London, Claude was 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, Claude Maurice Rogers died at 36 Southwood Lane, London N.W.6, on 18 February 1979.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from Rodwell House, Baylham, near Ipswich
1941 99 Mrs Rodwell Chilvers Purchased under the terms of the Chantrey Bequest
from 13 Taviton Street, London W.C.2
1955 78 The Blowlamp Purchased under the terms of the Chantrey Bequest
1965 59 Mrs. Humphrey Brooke, 1946
from 36 Southwood Lane, London N.W. 6
1967 54 Field of Rye
the late Claude Rogers
1979 15 The Paraplegic Purchased under the terms of the Chantrey Bequest

Works by This Artist