Partner Hellene Walton

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UCL Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, Gower St, Kings Cross, London WC1E 6BT
The Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2EU

Dancer Tying Her Shoe,  Grace English (1891–1956) , 1947Grace Geraldine English (February 10, 1891 - December 4, 1956) was a British painter and etcher. When three of Ethel Walker's paintings were offered to the Tate in 1947, two by her loyal friend Grace English, one by the artist herself, they were all turned away. A painter of female nudes herself, English wrote a monograph on Walker but it remained unpublished. They had met in 1931. In 1963 Hellene Walton, English's executor and also a painter (exhibitor at the 1922 The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition), presented the unpublished monograph to the Tate Gallery. Phyllis Deborah Cummins dedicated one of her poems to English and Walton.

English was born in London, at Lower Berkeley Street, the daughter of Robert English and Mary Ann Mayne, and as a teenager spent time in Paris and Germany.[1] In 1912 she went to Germany with her sister Dolly English, Margot Hamilton (Dolly's friend) and I. A. R. Wylie, for whom she later produced illustrations for her book on the Black Forest.[1] (Dorothy Mary English Frater, 1886-1948, was the third child and eldest daughter. It is believed she studied art at the same school as Grace). Returning to London she studied at the Slade School of Art in the city until 1914.[2] At the Slade she won a painting prize.[3] During World War I, English worked in a munitions factory and also produced machine drawings.[1] After the war she studied etching at the Royal College of Art during 1921.[3] Throughout her career English painted portraits, flowers and ballet dancers.[1] She was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy and at the New English Art Club and with the Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.[2] Leeds City Art Gallery holds examples of her work.[3]

Female Figure Lying on a Couch
Female Figure Lying on a Couch, 1916


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