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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE LEONARD AND ROXANNE ROSOMAN
Leonard Rosoman O.B.E. R.A (1913-2012) was a painter, illustrator, muralist and celebrated war artist. Born in London in 1913 he studied at the King Edward VII School of Art in Newcastle, before returning to London to the Royal Academy schools and the Central School of Art. Commissioned into the Auxiliary Fire Service on the outbreak of war in 1939, his graphic rendering of a collapsed wall caught the attention of the legendary Director of the National Gallery, Kenneth Clark, who invited Rosoman to join the group of official war artists, whose number included Graham Sutherland, David Bomberg, Duncan Grant, Eliot Hodgkin, L. S. Lowry and Dame Laura Knight.
Following the war, he became a close friend of the talented artist John Minton, who promoted Rosoman heavily, allowing his illustrative career to flourish, firstly at the Radio Times and then for publishing houses; he received great compliments for the illustrations he provided for Elizabeth David’s first book of French cooking. His work always had a dark tone, harking back to previous generations of artists, such as Samuel Palmer and Hilliard, Image magazine, describing his work in 1950, said it had a "fairy-tale atmosphere, with undertones of unease and cruelty".
After the War, Leonard took up a teaching post at Camberwell School of Art, followed by Edinburgh College of Art, where he worked alongside Sir Robin Philipson, then a lecturer at the college. He began teaching at the Royal College of Art in 1957, together with the Head of Painting Carel Weight, who became a good friend and who helped him to find his Kensington studio where he worked for the rest of his life. At the RCA, Leonard taught a new generation of artists including Peter Blake and David Hockney: of the latter he observed, ‘If anybody ever had something written on his forehead, he had’.
Leonard Rosoman became known for his large-scale works, including his mural for the 1951 Festival of Britain, The Drag Ball paintings from A Patriot for Me exhibition of 1968, and the vaulted ceiling in the Archbishop of Canterbury’s private chapel at Lambeth Palace, painted in 1988. Leonard also painted his celebrated mural, Upstairs and Downstairs (1986), for the Royal Academy’s restaurant. Elected to the Royal Academy in 1960, Leonard’s mural is a lasting memorial to his work and position at the Royal Academy. Works by his fellow Royal Academicians featured in his own collection, including Dame Elisabeth Frink, Carel Weight, Anthony Green, Josef Herman and Sir Robin Philipson.