Arthur Lett-Haines British 1894 – 1978

Arthur Lett-Haines , known as Lett Haines, was a British painter and sculptor who experimented in many different media, though he generally characterised himself as “an English surrealist”.He was part of a London artistic circle, which included D. H. Lawrence, the Sitwells and Wyndham Lewis.There he met the painter Cedric Morris in 1918, forming a life long relationship they lived together until his death. After initially living at Newlyn, they moved to Paris in 1920, becoming part of an expatriate artistic community that included Juan Gris, Fernand Leger, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray,Nancy Cunard and Ernest Hemingway.

In 1929 they moved to Suffolk.Together they founded the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing whose pupils included Lucian Freud and Maggi Hambling. In 1946 they formed the Colchester Art Society.

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