Partner Eardley Knollys

Queer Places:
The Storran Gallery, 106 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1JJ, Regno Unito
Belfast City Cemetery, 511 Falls Rd, Belfast BT12 6DE, UK

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f4/Philpot%2C_Glyn_Warren%3B_Frank_Coombs_%281906-1941%29%3B_Victoria_Art_Gallery.jpgFrank Mundy Coombs (30 July 1906 - 15 April 1941) was an English painter, architect and art dealer.[1]

rank Coombs was born in Radstock, the son of Frank and Louisa Isabel Coombs, of Bath, Somerset.[2]

He studied art at King's School, Bruton under Arthur Jenkins.[1]

Frank Coombs qualified as an architect and worked at the Hampshire County Council.[1] 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.[1]

Coombs was responsible for the progressive turn of the Storran Gallery.[3] 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.[1] 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.[3][2][4] 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.[4] With Coombs and Knollys, the Storran Gallery was considered a prominent avant-garde location.[5] For this progressive turn, the Storran Gallery is listed as one of the most important gallery in Art History.[6]

Coombs was part of The London Group.[4] 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.[7]

Coombs and Knollys befriended many clients like Lady Ottoline Morrell, Duncan Grant and Graham Sutherland.[4]

Coombs and Eardley Knollys were romantic partners.[8][4]

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.[2] After Coombs's death, Knollys, deeply affected, closed the Storran Gallery.[4]


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/queerplaces/images/Frank_Coombs_(artist)#References