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Grosvenor School of Art, London (1925–1940) By Peers, Juliette

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM821-1
Published: 09/05/2016
Retrieved: 23 May 2024, from


The Grosvenor School of Art, also known as the Grosvenor School of Modern Art, was founded in 1925 by Scottish artist and printmaker Iain McNab. In 1940, it merged with the more traditional Heatherley’s Art School, which is still operating in London. The Grosvenor was famous across Britain and the British Empire in the interwar period for promoting modernist art and design. Its contribution to introducing and acclimatizing continental modernism to an extended anglophile audience was substantial. Pupils came from Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as other countries, and through them the experience of modernism was brought back to their homelands. Across the British Empire, the Grosvenor School made modernism acceptable and praiseworthy, representing the authority of what Australian artist Arthur Streeton called “the Centre of Empire,” combined with the glamorous social cachet that London symbolized for the social elites in the colonies.

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Peers, Juliette. Grosvenor School of Art, London (1925–1940). Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, Taylor and Francis,

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