Artist:      Clifford Ellis (1907-1985)

Date:       1930's

Medium: Drawing

Size:        300mm x 400mm

Details:   Aquired from the Ellis

                   family estate, reframed.

Clifford Ellis drawing. (British 1907-1985)

  • Clifford Ellis (1907-1985) was born in Bognor Regis, West Sussex and he studied at St. Martin's School of Art before joining the Regent Street Polytechnic where he trained to be an art teacher.


    Clifford Ellis and wife Rosemary Collinson (1910-1998) first met in 1931, in the art department at Regent Street Polytechnic. They were married within a few years, based in Bath, where Clifford taught design at the Technical School. Clifford Ellis became Head of Bath School of Art in 1936, which evolved into Bath Academy of Art, moving to Corsham Court in 1946. With Clifford Ellis as principal, it became one of the most innovative and vibrant art colleges in the country. He gave teaching posts to some of the most important artists of the age including Peter Lanyon, Bryan Wynter and Terry Frost.


    Besides teaching, the Ellises developed a very successful design partnership, working closely together on posters, book jackets and wallpaper designs, often featuring imagery from the natural world.