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Douglas Percy Bliss 1900 - 1984

Douglas Percy Bliss was born in Karachi. He read english and history at Edinburgh University before studying painting at the RCA under Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden. Bliss painted many landscapes in both watercolor and oils but also had a great interest in wood engravings.

he was married to the portrait painter Phyllis Dodd and from 1946-64 was Director of Glasgow School of Art. In retirement he became a governor of Derby and District College of Art and Technology. The family lived at Windley in Derbyshire for many years where he continued to paint local landscapes.

Frank Ernest Beresford 1881 - 1967

Beresford was born in Derby and attended the Derby School of Art from 1895 to 1900. He soon gained recognition as a painter of portraits in oils and completed thousands of portrait commissions. He produced the hugely popular painting of George V Lying in State which was shown at the Royal Academy and purchased by Queen Mary.

Francis Legatt Chantrey 1781-1841

Please see Francis Legatt Chantrey

Harold Gresley 1892 - 1967

Harold Gresley was the third generation of a famous family of Derbyshire artists as the son of Frank Gresley and grandson of James Stephen Gresley. He studied at the Derby School of Art in 1912 but at the outbreak of the war was enlisted in the Sherwood Foresters, winning a Distinguihed Conduct Medal in 1917. He returned to study at Nottingham in 1919 under the landscape painter Arthur Spooner. He started teaching at Repton School in 1924 where he remained for many years. Though mainly known as a landscape painter, he was also an accomplished painter of portraits in oils. He had a studio in Irongate Derby and exhibited widely, once with the Royal Academy. He also lived for a while at Chellaston.

Cuthbert Gresley 1876 - 1963

Cuthbert Gresley, ceramic painter and elder brother to Harold, trained under J.P.Wale who started at Royal Crown Derby at the same time in 1893, and whilst flowers and landscapes were his specialities he also appears to have been able to turn his hand to paint just about anything that was required. He lived at Chelleston and Shelton Lock.

Frank Gresley 1855 - 1936

Known as the grand old man of Chelleston and father to Harold and Cuthbert gresley, he lived at Chelleston for much of his long life, painting numerous landscapes, mostly in watercolour. His paintings of the river Trent at Swarkestone, Barrow and Ingleby are worthy of special mention.

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A landscape by Douglas Percy Bliss
landscape by Douglas Percy

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