Born in Adelaide, South Australia. He studied at Manchester University Medical School and at Guy's Hospital before taking up painting. He exhibited with the Camden Town Group, and was an official war artist (1940--4).

The Australian born artist loved Dorset and often worked there. He painted his much acclaimed giant painting Advanced Dressing Station on the Struma at Stourpaine in 1920. Locals were the models.

His portrait of Sir Dan Godfrey founder of the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra, so angered the conductor that the painting was eventually banished to the cellars of the Bournemouth Pavillion.

His best-known work is the portrait of Lytton Strachey (1914, Tate, London).

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