(b London, 29 March 1905; d
Hastings, 22 Oct 1976).
English painter, illustrator and stage designer. As a student at the
Chelsea Polytechnic (1921–3) and the Royal College of Art (1923–5) he
became a talented figure draughtsman. In the second half of the decade he
spent much time in France painting intricately detailed urban scenes,
which depicted the low life of Toulon and Marseille. Works such as the
watercolour Toulon (1927; priv. col.) were executed in a
meticulously finished and vividly coloured decorative style. Burra usually
used watercolour and tempera and occasionally collage oil paints.
The two sisters
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