Anthony Gross

Anthony Gross CBE RA (1905-1984) was born in Dulwich, London and trained under Henry Tonks at the Slade School of Fine Art and later in Paris and Madrid. In 1925, he studied life drawing and engraving at the Académie Julian and Académie de la Grande Chaumière, Paris.

During the early 1930s he exhibited in Paris galleries, becoming a member of the La Jeune Gravure Contemporaine and co-directed the short film La Joie de vivre with Hector Hoppin in 1934. He became an official war artist during the Second World War and created prints, watercolours and oil paintings recording scenes at many of the major battlefields of the conflict.

Post war, his work was exhibited in London and New York in one man shows and as part of the London Group. In 1965 he became first president of the Printmakers Council. He was appointed an honorary member of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers in 1979 and a Royal Academician in 1981. His prints are known for their flowing line, diversity of detail and the skill and honesty of appearance of the mark-making tools.