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Cyril Fry

Cyril Fry Gallery, 44 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk was owned by Cyril Fry (1918-2010) who ran the Fry Gallery in Jermyn Street, London 1967-1986 and when the Jermyn Street lease ended, Cyril and his wife Shirley transferred their operation to Aldeburgh, where they held summer shows to coincide with the Festival, while still putting on occasional exhibitions in hired spaces in London. Gallery 44 at Aldeburgh closed around 2002. Before opening the Fry Gallery in London in December 1967, Cyril Fry worked as a specialised teacher for deaf children whilst also collecting and selling artwork from the workshop at his home in Blackheath and through his collecting he became friends with many prominent figures from the British art scene of the time, including Dudley Snelgrove, Leonard Gordon Duke, Edward Croft-Murray and Paul Mellon. Fry specialised in collecting and dealing in eighteenth and nineteenth-century British watercolours and drawings, including works by Gainsborough, Peter De Wint, Turner, and William Henry Hunt. He exhibited at University of East Anglia in 1960s and 1970.