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 Leon Underwood  (1890 - 1975)

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Lived/Active: United Kingdom/United States      Known for: Oriental figure, interior, sculpture, illustration, etching

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Leon Underwood (b. 1890 / d. 1975)

Leon Underwood was born in Shepherds Bush, London on December 25, 1890.

In 1910, Underwood first learned etching at the Royal College of Art under Sir Frank Short; however, he did not like Short’s style.  After time studying art in Russian and Iceland, he was invited to return to the R.C.A  by Sir William Rothenstein to teach drawing.  During this time, he returned to etching. 

The first etching he was known for was Illfracombe in 1919.  By 1921 and 1922, he reached his height of etching and dry-point creating Granny Ashdown and Self-portrait in Landscape.  He set up the Brook Green School in Hammersmith in a studio where he cast his bronzes and sculpted his carvings.

In 1931, he founded the magazine The Island”” and attended the Slade School of Art.

The British Museum believed that Underwood's paintings were of great importance, Campbell Dodgson and the Keeper of Prints and Drawings began acquiring his works. Other holdings of his works in Great Britain are held at the Tate, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Ashmolean Museum, the National Museum Cardiff and the British Council Art Collection.

Underwood died on October 9, 1975.

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