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Printmaker and engraver, born in Lewisham, London, he attended Goldsmiths’ College in the years immediately following World War I, where his tutors included Stanley Anderson and fellow students included Paul Drury and Graham Sutherland who was to become a life-long friend. In 1926 he won the Prix de Rome in engraving beating Graham Sutherland in the final and was to spend the next three years furthering his craft there. Ironically his set piece that gained him his scholarship was ‘The Head of an Old Jew’. It was later purchased in Berlin by Herman Goering… arguably one of the weirdest art purchases ever made.