1921 - ?

Bettina Shaw-Lawrence

Betty V. Shaw-Lawrence, was born at Wandsworth, London on 29 July 1921, a twin brother Patrick John died shortly after birth, daughter of Lawrence Ernest Shaw-Lawrence (1 June 1888-5 February 1984) and his wife Muriel Alfreda née Saltmarshe (11 March 1898-1975), who married at Kingston, Surrey in 1918 and in 1939 were living at 22 Grove Gardens, Twickenham, when Lawrence was a secretary and Muriel, a fashion artist. Betty left school at the age of 15 and studied painting in Paris with Fernand Léger (1881-1955) and studied sculpture with Ossip Zadkine (1888-1967) for about a year. At the outbreak of the Second World War she returned to Twickenham, London and spent the summer of 1940 at Cedric Morris’ [q.v.] East Anglian School of Painting at Benton End, Hadleigh, Suffolk during which time one of the students was Lucien Freud [q.v.] with whom she had a close relationship and her portrait was painted by fellow East Anglian School artist David Kentish [q.v]. She exhibited in mixed exhibitions both at the Lefevre and Leger Galleries and her first solo show was at the Leicester Galleries in 1947, when she was 26, after she had returned to Paris at the end of the war. She travelled extensively in Europe and lived in Madrid and in Rome 1959–1967 and has also exhibited in Paris, Rome and New York. She married in Paris 1946/1950, John M. Bryan, and as both Bettina Shaw-Lawrence, and as Betty V. Bryan, she married secondly at Chelsea, London in 1967, William Robert Price. She was still living in 2011.

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