Randolph Schwabe: A Life in Art



Dr Gill Clarke

This is the first book  on the life and  career of the distinguished British artist and teacher Randolph Schwabe (1885–1948) who was Professor and Principal of the Slade School either side of the Second World War.

Schwabe was known as ‘a scholarly artist’ and meticulous draughtsman who influenced a generation of students, yet to date little has been written about his significant contribution to the practice and spirit of twentieth-century British art.

Schwabe exhibited widely and was a close friend of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald, and also of Francis Unwin, Albert Rutherston, Muirhead Bone and others from the artistic and literary worlds. Unprecedented access to family documents together with reminiscences from his former students provide a vivid and rich record.

Beautifully produced, this authoritative biography features illustrations from all periods of his life including his war paintings, book illustrations and designs for the ballet and theatre many of which have never been seen before.

Gill Clarke is Visiting Professor at the University of Chichester and is the author of books on the painter Evelyn Dunbar and on the Women’s Land Army as seen through the eyes of artists, both published by Sansom & Company.  She was guest curator for the exhibition ‘Randolph Schwabe: A Life in Art’ held at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington.

ISNB: 978-1-906593-80-3
270 x 210mm
168 pages