Anthony Gross RA


1905 Born in Dulwich
1923 Studied at Slade School of Fine Art; took evening classes at the Central School of Arts and Crafts
1924-25 Studied at the Academia de San Fernando
1926-27 Studied at the Académie Julian; met SW Hayter - both taught by Joseph Hecht
1928 Attended at the École des Beaux-Arts under Louvrier in the summer
1929 Visited Picabia at Mougins; shared a studio with SW Hayter
1930 Married Marcelle Marguerite Florenty
1931-39 Started to make animated films
1936 Produced illustrations for Cocteau's 'Les Enfants Terribles'; appointed Art Director for London Films
1941-45 Became an Official War Artist (Army Captain); travelled around the world to various theatres of war
1946 War paintings exhibited at the Tate and Jeu de Paume, Paris
1947 Made the first of his lithographs for J Lyons & Co
1948-54 Taught at the Central School of Arts and Crafts
1955 Bought a house in Le Boulvé
1954-71 Taught printmaking at the Slade (under Sir William Coldstream)
1961 V&A commission for three permanent display plates 'Trees'
1963 Joined Engraving Faculty, British School at Rome
1965 First President of the Print Makers Council
1965-66 Visiting Professor at Minneapolis School of Art, Minnesota
1971 TV programme about Gross -'A Printmaker's Workshop'
1972 TV programme about Gross -'inter alia' as part of 'Artists in Wartime'
1973 Elected President of Film Jury at Ninth International JICA Animated Film Festival at Annecy, France, for his work as an innovator in cartoon films
1976 Abandoned etching for burin engraving
1980 Elected Royal Academician; 'The Very Rich Hours of Le Boulvé' published - illustrated and written by Gross
1982 Appointed CBE
1984 Died at Le Boulvé

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1925 Abbey Gallery, London
1943 National Gallery, London 'India in Action' (touring)
1952 Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
Sagot le Garrec, Paris
1954 Imperial War Museum, London (war paintings)
1956 Peter H. Deltsch Fine Arts, New York
Robert Erskine's St George's Gallery, London (Le Boulvé Suite)
1957 Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia [prize for etching 'The Valley No 1.']
1968 Victoria and Albert Museum, London, ‘Retrospective Exhibition: The Graphic Work of Anthony Gross, 1921-1968’
1976 New Art Centre, London ‘Five Decades of Personal Vision 1929-76’
1995 Redfern Gallery, London 'An Exhibition of Prints 1928-1984'
2005 Redfern Gallery, London 'People and Places - An Exhibition of Paintings, Watercolours and Prints from the Thirties to the Fifties'

Selected Group Exhibitions

1931 Salon d’Automne, Paris
Salon des Tuileries, Paris
1938 Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris 'La Jeune Gravure'
City of Paris Petit Palais ('Around the World' gouaches)
1939-40 New York World's Fair (touring exhibition)
1940 National Gallery, London (joint war artists exhibition)
1945 Royal Academy of Arts, London 'Exhibition of National War Pictures (and a Few Pieces of Sculpture)'
Konsthall, Helsinki 'British Graphic Art'
1946 Jeau de Paume, Paris
Tate Gallery, London
1947-48 'Contemporary British Paintings and Drawings' (British Council touring exhibition to Rhodesia and South Africa)
1947-49 'Contemporary British Prints and Drawings from the Wakefield Collection' (British Council touring exhibition)
1949 Petit Palais International Print Show, Paris
1951-80 'British Drawings and Watercolours of the 20th Century from the Collection of the British Council' (British Council touring exhibition)
1954 Landenberg-Gesellschaft, Arbon 'Meisterwerke der Graphik und Zeichnung' (British Council)
3rd International Print Fair of Lugano [awarded prize]
1959 Whitechapel Gallery, London 'The Graven Image'
1955 International Exhibition of Engraving, Ljubljana [awarded prize]
1963 Ben Uri Gallery, London (London Group)
1980 Norwegian Print Biennale, Fredrikstad [awarded Gold Medal]
1997-2003 'Drawing Distinctions' (British Council touring exhibition)


Reynolds, G., 'The Etchings of Anthony Gross', London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1968
Russell, J., 'Anthony Gross: Five Decades of Personal Vision', London: Maltzahan Gallery, 1976
'Anthony Gross. Etchings 1928-1978', London: Blond Fine Art Ltd., 1978
'Anthony Gross: Paintings of the '20s and '30s', London: The Belgrave Gallery, 1988
Graham, R., 'Anthony Gross at the Goldmark Gallery', London: Goldmark Gallery, 1988 (ex. cat.)
Lee, J., 'Anthony Gross: Paintings, Drawings and Prints', Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1989 (ex. cat.)
Herdman, R., 'The Prints of Anthony Gross: A catalogue raisonné', Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1991
Gross, P. & M., 'Anthony Gross', Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1992
Ramkalawon, J., 'Anthony Gross RA 1905-1984: Early Paintings and Prints, A Centenary Exhibition', Redfern Gallery: London, 2005 (ex. cat.)
Windsor, A., 'Anthony Gross RA 1905-1984: Paintings and Prints from the 1950s', 2010

Publications by the Artist

Cocteau, J., 'Les Enfants Terribles', Paris: Les Cent Une, 1936 (illustrated by Gross)
Bronte, E., 'Wuthering Heights', London: Camden Classics, 1947 (illustrated by Gross)
Strode, W. (ed.), 'Old Christmasses', London : Sampson Low, Marston and Co. Ltd., 1949 (illustrated by Gross)
Galsworthy, J., 'The Forsyte Saga', Heinemann, 1950 (illustrated by Gross)
de Goncourt, J. & E., 'Germinie (Germinie Lacerteux)', London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1955 (illustrated by Gross)
James, H., 'English Hours', Heinemann, 1960 (illustrated by Gross)
Gross, A., 'Etching, Engraving and Intaglio Printing', Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1970
Gross, A., 'The Very Rich Hours of Le Boulvé', Cambridge: Rampant Lions Press, 1980

Selected Collections

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
British Council
British Film Institute, London
British Museum, London
Calchographie du Louvre, Paris
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Gabinetto Nazionale delle Stampe, Rome
Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna
Graphische Sammlung, Zurich
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Royal Academy of Arts, London
Royal Academy of Fine Art, Stockholm
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

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