Victor Askew was born in Rotherham on 1 February 1909, the thirteenth child of a family of Sheffield engineers. He attended evening classes at Sheffield College of Art from 1923 to 1926. In 1932, on the recommendation of his tutors, he moved to London where he received some tuition from Anthony Betts of the Slade School and achieved some success as a commercial artist.
During the war,Askew served four years in the army; in his absence his wife submitted his work to the Royal Academy where it was hung in 1944. After the war Askew divided his time between London and Hertfordshire, where he became a neighbour and close friend of Henry and Irina Moore.
His first one-person show wa
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