1890 Born in Shepherd's Bush, London
1907-10 Studied at the Regent Street Polytechnic
1910-13 Studied at the Royal College of Art
1913 Travelled to Russia
1919-20 Studied at the Slade School of Fine Art
1920 Won the Prix de Rome
1921 Opened the Brook Green School of Art, Hammersmith
1926 Published 'Animalia'
1926-27 Travelled to the United States and Canada
1928 Travelled to Mexico
1931 Reformed the Brook Green School of Art; founded 'The Island'
1939-42 Served in the Civil Defence Camouflage unit
1945 Visited West Africa
1961 Retrospective at the Kaplan Gallery
1975 Died

Selected Collections

The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
British Council Collection, London
Brooklyn Museum, New York
The Courtauld Institute of Art, London
Government Art Collection, London
Hammersmith and Fulham Archives
Imperial War Museums
Jerwood Collection
Manchester Art Gallery
National Museum Wales
National Portrait Gallery, London
National Trust
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Selected Publications

Wilenski, R.H., 'Draughtsmen: Edna Clarke Hall, Henry Rushbury, Randolph Schwabe, Leon Underwood', London : Ernest Benn, 1924
Underwood, L., 'Animalia', New York: Payson & Clarke, 1926
Underwood, L., 'The Siamese Cat', New York : Brentano, 1928
Underwood, L., 'Art for Heaven's Sake : Notes on the Philosophy of Art Today', London: Faber, 1934
Underwood, L., 'Figures in Wood of West Africa', London: John Tiranti Ltd., 1947
Underwood, L., 'Masks of West Africa', London: Alec Tiranti Ltd., 1948
Underwood, L., 'Bronzes of West Africa', London: Alec Tiranti Ltd., 1949
Neve, C., 'Leon Underwood', London: Thames and Hudson, 1974
Tute, G. (introduction), 'Leon Underwood: His Wood Engravings', Wakefield : Fleece Press, 1986
Whitworth, B., 'The Sculpture of Leon Underwood', The Henry Moore Foundation and Lund Humphries, 2000

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