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University of Cambridge, 4 Mill Ln, Cambridge CB2 1RZ
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Edward Le Bas (1904–1966), Decorating a Pot, Duncan GrantEdward Le Bas (October 27, 1904 – November 18, 1966) was a painter and collector.

He was born on 27 October 1904 in Hampstead, London, the youngest of the three children and only son of Edward Le Bas and Anna Le Grand. The Le Bas family was of Anglo-French descent. He was educated at Harrow. Le Bas read Architecture at Cambridge University in 1924. Inspired by the two months spent with the painter Hermann Paul at Meudon, Paris, in 1922, Le Bas then studied painting at the Royal College of Art from 1924 under William Rothenstein. Le Bas was a painter in oils of portraits, landscapes, still life, flowers and genre. Richly coloured and with paint boldly applied, his work owed much to early 20th Century French and English painting. As a collector, Le Bas had an extensive collection of works by the Camden Town Group, the painter Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940), and of his friend Duncan Grant of the Bloomsbury Group. He amassed a major collection of twentieth century French and English modern paintings, which were exhibited in the Diploma Galleries in the Royal Academy in 1963. As a painter, Le Bas travelled extensively and worked in Majorca, France and Morocco. His first exhibition was with the Lefevre Gallery in 1936. He was elected a member of the London Group in 1942, exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1933 and elected an RA in 1949. He was awarded the CBE in 1957 and resided in Chelsea from 1948. Edward Le Bas is represented in the collections of the Tate Gallery and the Arts Council. South Africa, Australian and New Zealand hold examples of his work. It is noted in The Art of Bloomsbury by Richard Shone that in 1946 Duncan Grant was a frequent visitor and often worked at 53 Bedford Square, the house of Edward Le Bas, and that Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and Le Bas took a painting trip to Dieppe in the Autumn of 1946. Visits and periods of travel are listed for the next twenty years in the books chronology until his death in 1966.

Raymond Mortimer
Raymond Mortimer Edward Le Bas (1904–1966) National Portrait Gallery, London

Angelica Garnett (b.1918)
Angelica Garnett (b.1918) Edward Le Bas (1904–1966) Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre

Portrait of a Young Airman
Portrait of a Young Airman Edward Le Bas (1904–1966) Royal Air Force Museum

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