CLOUGH, Prunella

1919 - 1999

Prunella Clough

Painted under the name Prunella Clough, but born Cara Clough-Taylor in Knightsbridge, London on 11 November 1919, only child of wealthy [Eric] Edward Lorne Frederick Clough-Taylor (1881-1947), a Board of Trade official, and his wife Thora Zelma Grace née Gray (1876-1966), who married at London City in 1911. Initially educated privately by her father, who was known as the minor poet, Eric Taylor, before Cara enrolled at the Chelsea School of Art, now Chelsea College of Art and Design, in 1937. She had known and had spent time on the North Suffolk coastline from childhood lodging at Woldside, Constitution Hill, Southwold and returned in the six years from 1945 purchasing her former lodgings 'Woldside' but although owning the house until 1966 she latterly concentrated her activity in London with frequent weekends in France. She rented a studio in Lowestoft and the sequence showing fishermen with nets, hosing metal fish baskets, or weighing fish at Lowestoft Harbour looks back to an earlier more romantic Newlyn School era, with a patriotic post-war flavour. 'Lowestoft Harbour' was painted for the 1951 Festival of Britain and already her figures veer towards geometry and abstraction and her interest in shapes overrides her desire to portray the human, she continued throughout her life to paint the industrial landscape. She died in London on 26 December 1999, she was unmarried.

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