Partner Eardley Knollys
The Storran Gallery, 106 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1JJ, Regno Unito
Belfast City Cemetery, 511 Falls Rd, Belfast BT12 6DE, UK
Frank Mundy Coombs (30 July 1906 - 15 April 1941) was an English painter, architect and art dealer.
rank Coombs was born in Radstock, the son of Frank and Louisa Isabel Coombs, of Bath, Somerset.
He studied art at King's School, Bruton under Arthur Jenkins.
Frank Coombs qualified as an architect and worked at the Hampshire County Council. For two years, he lived in the island of Sark and there met Ala Storey, while Storey was on a vacation, and followed her back to London, where Storey owned the Storran Gallery.
Coombs was responsible for the progressive turn of the Storran Gallery. Originally selling woodcuts and greeting cards, when Coombs joined the gallery in 1935 he organized his first show, a show that completely changed the future of the business. After that first show, Coombs, together with Eardley Knollys and Ala Storey, exhibited works by Pavel Tchelitchew, Ivon Hitchens, Frances Hodgkins, Christopher Wood and Victor Pasmore. When Storey sold her share to Knollys, Knollys and Coombs started to exhibit works by Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, Maurice Utrillo, Glyn Philpot (Philpot painted Coombs' portrait), Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, Maurice de Vlaminck, André Derain and Amedeo Modigliani. With Coombs and Knollys, the Storran Gallery was considered a prominent avant-garde location. For this progressive turn, the Storran Gallery is listed as one of the most important gallery in Art History.
Coombs was part of The London Group. He was among the young artists nicknamed the Cork Street Front, and exhibited with them in 1940 at the Special War-time Show hosted by the New Burlington Galleries.
by Glyn Warren Philpot
Coombs and Knollys befriended many clients like Lady Ottoline Morrell, Duncan Grant and Graham Sutherland.
Coombs and Eardley Knollys were romantic partners.
At the outbreak of World War II, Coombs joined the Royal Navy (HMS Caroline) and was killed during the Belfast Blitz by enemy action on 15 April 1941. After Coombs's death, Knollys, deeply affected, closed the Storran Gallery.
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