Bath Academy of Art

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Art school established in 1946 at his home Corsham Court, Wiltshire (about eight miles from Bath), by Paul Ayshford, Lord Methuen (1886–1974), a painter of landscapes and architectural and figure subjects (examples of his work are in Tate). It incorporated an earlier school that had been in existence since 1832. The Academy attracted distinguished teachers and quickly achieved a high reputation as a centre for a quite distinct ‘West country’ branch of modernism which took cognizance of advanced French artists such as Dubuffet. Kenneth Armitage was the first head of sculpture and the teachers of painting have included William Scott, Gillian Ayres and Howard Hodgkin.

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