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Diana Armfield RA HonRWS HRCamA RWA (Emeritus) HonNEAC HonPS (born 1920)

Diana Maxwell Armfield, RA HRWS HRCamA RWA( Emeritus) HNEAC HPS MSIA (born 1920)

An admirer of Bonnard and Vuillard, Sickert and William Nicholson, Diana Armfield turned from design to painting early in her career, and has worked for over seven decades in a range of media to produce a strong body of harmonious images. These encompass sensitive botanical still life compositions, atmospheric landscapes and evocative figure groups.

Diana Armfield was born in Hightown, Ringwood, Hampshire, on 11 June 1920, the younger of two daughters of Joseph Harold Armfield, a Quaker who was the director of the Vale of Avon Iron Works, and his wife, Gertrude (née Uttley). Her uncle was the artist, illustrator and writer, Maxwell Armfield. She attended Bedales, a co-educational independent school in the village of Steep, Hampshire, and there she studied art with the inspiring teacher, Innes Meo. She was also affected by a meeting in Paris with the influential French textile designer, Paule Marrot.

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