HURRY, Leslie George

1909 - 1978

Leslie Hurry

Born at Marylebone, London on 10 February 1909, youngest of the three children of Alfred George Hurry, a funeral furnisher & undertaker, and his wife Edith Louise née Butcher, who married at West Ham, Essex in 1894. In 1911 young Leslie was living at 63 High Street, St John's Wood, Marylebone with his parents, 42 year old Alfred and 39 year old Edith and his two siblings, 15 year old Edith Louise and 12 year old Sydney Alfred. Leslie was educated at Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School and studied at St John's Wood Art School 1925-1927 not completing a five-year scholarship to Royal Academy Schools. His early professional work consisted of murals for his father's house and decorative schemes for a firm of brewers for their public bars. He then painted landscapes which let to his first solo exhibition at the Wertheim Gallery in 1937. In the second half of the 1930s he wandered around Britain and Ireland painting landscapes but dissatisfied with his work and seeking inspiration to develop a personal style, he moved to Brittany then to Paris but returned to Britain due to health problems. Being unfit for military service, during 1940-41 he produced two books of automatic drawings 'The Journey' and 'Book of the Seven Eagles' with his own text. His exhibition at Redfern Gallery brought Hurry to the attention of ballet dancer Robert Helpmann which led to a cooperation in the production of 'Hamlet' after which Hurry became closely associated with Sadler's Wells and the theatre. He lived at Hundon, Suffolk but died in London on 20 November 1978. In 1996 Marina Henderson held a retrospection exhibition of his stage designs and his 'Visions of War and Peace' were shown at Gainsborough's House, Sudbury in 2009.

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