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Gertrude Hermes, Wood Engraver

Gertrude Hermes (1901-1983) was born in Bickley, Kent in 1901 to German parents.  She attended Beckenham School of Art and, from 1922 trained under Leon Underwood at Brook Green School of Painting and Sculpture.  Her contemporaries included Eileen Agar, Raymond Coxon, Henry Moore and Blair Hughes-Stanton, whom she married in 1926. They separated in 1931, and were divorced in 1933. She worked both as a sculptor and printmaker

Hermes exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy from 1934, and showed at the Venice International Biennale in 1939.  She worked in Canada from 1940 to 1945. She taught wood engraving and linocutting at Central School of Art in London (now Central St Martins) in the late forties to early fifties. She also took a drawing class to London Zoo. She taught wood and lino block printing at the Royal Academy Schools, from 1966. She was elected associate to the Royal Academy in 1963, a full member in 1971 and was appointed an OBE in 1981.

Her work is in many public collections including Tate and the National Portrait Gallery