Robert Medley C.B.E., R.A. (1905 - 1994)
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Soldier in Tent Writing Letter by Robert Medley
Soldier in Tent Writing Letter. 1941-42


Painter, printmaker, theatre designer, teacher and writer, born in London, where he lived for much of his life. Studied at Byam Shaw School, 1923-4, briefly at Royal Academy Schools in 1924, then at Slade School of Fine Art, 1924-6, and in Paris, 1926-8. During the period 1929-34 Medley assisted Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. He showed with the London Group from 1929, becoming a member in 1937, and helped establish the Artists’ International Association the year before. He had his first solo show at London Artists’ Association in 1932. For part of World War II he was involved in camouflage work in the Middle East. He taught at Chelsea School of Art between 1932 - 39, and 1946 - 50; taught stage design and painting at Slade between 1950-8; and was head of the Fine Art department at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts from 1958 to 65. A retrospective exhibition was held at Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1963. His work is represented in the Tate Gallery, the Imperial War Museum and many other public collections.