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Born on 11 November, the late and only child of Eric Clough Taylor, a civil servant and writer of poetry, and his wife, Thelma Gray, the daughter of an amateur painter and sister of the designer Eileen Gray. The family lived in London, in Onslow Square, South Kensington, in some comfort and with servants. Her father died when she was young and she cared for her mother until her death in the Sixties. In the Seventies she travelled to and from Paris caring for Eileen Gray in her home in the rue Bonaparte.


Enrols at the Chelsea School of Art whose teachers at that time included Graham Sutherland, Julian Trevelyan and Henry Moore. From 1956 to 1969 she herself was a teacher at Chelsea. From 1966 to 1997 she taught at the Wimbledon School of Art.


During the Second World War she worked for the War Office of Information (USA) drawing charts and maps and laying out magazines. She spent one winter working in devastated post-war Holland.

1946 onwards

She studied at Camberwell and had her first exhibitions; the Leger Gallery in 1947 and Rowland, Browse and Delbanco on 1949. By the time of her death in 1999 she had had twenty-six solo exhibitions and been seen in over fifty group shows. The most significant were:


Whitechapel Gallery, London, curated by Bryan Robertson


Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield


Serpentine Gallery, London

National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh


Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Warwick Art Trust, London


Camden Arts Centre, London


Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield

Awarded the Jerwood Painting Prize.

Died 26 December 1999

After her death it became apparent that her generosity during her lifetime had been as discrete as it had been unrestrained. In her Will, apart from bequests to certain friends the bulk of her considerable fortune was assigned to benefit seven charities.

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