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Lawrence Toynbee (1922-2002)

Lawrence Leifchild Toynbee (1922-2002)

A painter of landscapes, portraits and sporting subjects, Lawrence Toynbee had a particular gift for conveying movement.

Lawrence Toynbee was born in London on 22 December 1922, into a distinguished family. He was the youngest son of Arnold Toynbee, historian and social philosopher; grandson of Gilbert Murray, classical scholar and poet; and – through his mother – great-grandson of George James Howard, Earl of Carlisle, the landscape painter. In addition, a brother, Philip, became a novelist and published diarist, and fathered Polly Toynbee, the
Guardian journalist. (His portrait of his father is at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, while that of his grandfather, Gilbert Murray, is in the National Portrait Gallery.)

In 1930, Arnold Toynbee and his family, including Lawrence, moved to Ganthorpe, Yorkshire, a hamlet on the Castle Howard estate. His mother, Rosalind, converted to Roman Catholicism in 1933 and, as a result, he was sent to Ampleforth College, where he proved himself more on the cricket field than in the classroom, as he did during his time at New College, Oxford. He would become a member of the Marylebone Cricket Club, and Lord’s would build a fine collection of his paintings.

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