Bernard Adeney

Bernard Adeney
Born(1878-08-02)2 August 1878
London, England
Died4 April 1966(1966-04-04) (aged 87)
Alma mater
Known forPainting and textile design

Bernard Adeney (2 August 1878 – 4 April 1966) was an English painter and textile designer. He was a founding member of the London Group, an artists' exhibiting society, and was its president from 1921-1923. Between 1930 and 1947, he was head of the textile school at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, where he had taught since 1903.[1] One of his most notable works is the painting Toy Sailing Boats (1911), which formed part of a seven-piece collection of panels painted for Borough Polytechnic under the direction of Roger Fry.[2] Other works include Edge of a Wood,[3] Barley Fields,[4] West Wittering,[5] Pond and Trees, Farm Buildings and The Parade, Cowes.[6]

Adeney was born on 2 August 1878 in London, the son of Canon W. F. Adeney. He studied at the Royal Academy, the Académie Julian in Paris and later the Slade School of Fine Art.[1] He married the painter Thérèse Lessore in 1909 and they were divorced in 1921.[7] He subsequently married fellow painter Noël Gilford.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Bernard Adeney". Tate Online. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
  2. ^ Clare A. P. Willsdon (2000). Mural painting in Britain 1840-1940: image and meaning. Oxford University Press. p. 283. ISBN 978-0-19-817515-5. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
  3. ^ 'The London Group: Recent Developments In British Painting', The Times, 6 November 1951.
  4. ^ 'London Group: Works by Young Artists', The Times, 3 November 1953.
  5. ^ 'Art Exhibitions: The National Society', The Times, 11 February 1932.
  6. ^ Mr. Bernard Adeney, The Times, 24 October 1928.
  7. ^ Baron, Wendy (January 2011). "Sickert, Walter Richard (1860 - 1943)". The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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