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Lawrence Toynbee


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Artist Biography

Lawrence Toynbee (1922–2002)
Lawrence Leifchild Toynbee was born in London, and moved to Ganthorpe near York in 1930. He attended Ampleforth School, and it was there that he discovered a general sporting prowess, excelling at cricket in particular. He went on to New College, Oxford and after graduating he joined the Coldstream Guards and fought in Northern France. A charming, gregarious but highly sensitive man, he found the horrors of war too much to bear and was invalided out of the army in 1945.
After the war he married Jean Asquith, granddaughter of Prime Minister Herbert Asquith, who became his emotional rock and nurtured his artistic ability, they had six daughters. He enrolled at the Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford and began by painting railways, a passion since childhood, producing views of Paddington and the District Line, in the late 1940s. By the 1950s he began combining his two great skills and executed his first sporting subjects; clearly drawing on his knowledge and experience of each particular game. Toynbee’s works are imbued with a superb and uncannily accurate sense of movement. This effect is gained to a large degree by the absence of figurative detail, leaving instead a silhouette of movement that perfectly captures the fleeting moment of sporting drama.
Toynbee turned to teaching in his latter years and was Master of Art at St. Edward’s College, Oxford (1947-62), Bradford College of Art, Ampleforth where he was a senior lecturer (1962-67) as well as Morley College, London (1967-72). While nurturing others he continued to produce works of his own and held numerous exhibitions including in 1984 when he painted The Nursery End of Lords after which Lord’s acquired a collection of his work.

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255gsm Art Paper

Our standard prints are reproduced on a premium semi matt finish paper. Its micro-porous resin coating provides exceptional colour accuracy and stability

315gsm Museum Quality Watercolour Art Board, Acid Free

Our watercolour board has a natural white finish with a slightly structured, soft-textured surface equivalent to a traditional etching fine art paper. The surface has a special matte coating, designed for high quality fine art reproduction with giclée technology. It is an archival quality paper with great colour accuracy.

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3-5 working days for UK
4-7 working days for Europe
7-10 working days for USA, Canada, Fast East, Australasia and the rest of the world.

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Europe & the rest of the world from £8.00
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