Belgrave St Ives - Modern & Contemporary Art
Richard Rees - Near Clapham Junction

Richard Rees (1900-1970)

Near Clapham Junction

Oil on canvas; 34 x 44 cms

Signed and titled on reverse

Note: Rees was a British diplomat, writer, humanitarian and painter. In 1930 John Middleton Murry appointed him editor of the literary journal Adelphi, where he provided encouragement to George Orwell among others. He was the inspiration for the character Ravelston, publisher of the socialist magazine Antichrist, in Orwell's Keep the Aspidistra Flying. Rees was a lecturer for the Worker's Education Association. During the Spanish Civil War he worked for the Joint Committee for Spanish Relief, driving an ambulance and helping to secure safe settlement for refugees. During WWII Rees served with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves, seeing action in the Mediterranean. In 19456 Rees studied at Camberwell under William Coldstream, Victor Pasmore and Claude Rogers. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, London.