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Anthony Gross
Dates: British, 1905 - 1984
Biographical Account:

Anthony Gross was a painter and printmaker. He was born in 1905 in Dulwich, London. He studied under Henry Tonks at the Slade School of Fine Art in London before moving to the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the Academia de San Fernando in Madrid and finally to the Académie Julian, where he trained as an etcher and engraver.

 

After completing his studies, Gross travelled widely in Europe and North Africa, eventually settling in France.

Gross was appointed Official War Artist in 1941. As well as documenting the Home Front, he also covered campaigns in El Alamein, India, Burma and Iran.

 

In 1943 he transferred to India and Burma, where he witnessed the front line battle against the Japanese. A year later he accompanied the D-Day invasion of Northern France, apparently wading to shore holding his artist's materials above his head. He documented the beachhead landings and the devastation of Bayeux and Caen.

 

After the War he returned to London also working in the south of France, producing lithographs and illustrations. In 1948 he became life drawing tutor at Central School of Arts and Crafts, and later became Head of Printing at the Slade School of Fine Art.

 

He died in the South of France in 1984.

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