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Chesil Beach, 1952

Elisabeth Vellacott studied at London’s Royal College of Art in the 1920s. She went on to develop what could be described as a visionary painting style.

From the late 1940s Vellacott made some thirty ink wash paintings, often of imagined or remembered scenes. Chesil Beach is one of the most accomplished. Preparatory studies show that the figures were actually sketched in Dieppe, France, and only later set on Chesil Beach, in Dorset, whose pebbles Vellacott greatly enjoyed.

Drawing [EV 12]


Pen and ink and wash on tracing paper

361 x 540 mm

About the artist

Vellacott attended the Royal College of Art between 1925 and 1929. At the beginning of her career she worked as a textile and theatre designer. After the war she moved away from design to concentrate on drawing and painting. She was a founder member of the Cambridge Society of Painters and Sculptors in 1954. She exhibited regularly in London and held retrospective exhibitions at Kettle's Yard in 1981 and 1995.