Leonard French

(b. 1928)

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LEONARD V. SMITH. The Embattled Self: French Soldiers' Testimony of the Great War. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. 2007. Pp. xi, 214. $39.95

Looking and Listening in Nineteenth-Century France. Ed. by Martha Ward and Anne Leonard.Musique, esthétique et société au XIXe siècle. Ed. by Damien Colas, Florence Gétreau, and Malou Haine.

Leonard N. Rosenband. Papermaking in Eighteenth-Century France: Management, Labor, and Revolution at the Montgolfier Mill, 1761–1805. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. 2000. Pp. xv, 210. $39.95

Livak, Leonard. Russian Émigrés in the Intellectual and Literary Life of Interwar France: A Bibliographical Essay. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2010. viii + 544 pp. $125. ISBN 978–0–7735–3723–1

ALDRIDGE, Leonard (1892 - 1952), Founder and Chairman Anglo-French Consolidated Investment Corp. Ltd; Chm. Mitchell Cotts & Co. Ltd; Chm. or Director of some 50 Cos., constituting Anglo-French-Mitchell Cotts Group covering inter-Empire trading, including shipping, coal, steel, engineering, industrial and base metal mining interests; Director Goodlass Wall & Lead Industries Ltd, Natal Navigation Colleries & Estate Co. Ltd, Transvaal Navigation Collieries & Estate Co. Ltd, etc.; a firm believer in British Empire, in which he has travelled extensively; has initiated or taken part in creation of various industrial and other undertakings contributing to strengthening of economic and trade links within the Empire and fostering of relations between the Empire and other countries


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(1928– )

Australian painter, active mainly in his native Melbourne. He was apprenticed to a sign-writer, which encouraged him to think as a muralist, and studied at night at the Melbourne Technical College, 1944–7. In 1949 he worked his passage to England and met Alan Davie in London. He visited Ireland and studied the heavy, intertwined shapes of Celtic art, but the work of Gromaire and Permeke, and later that of Delaunay and Léger, exercised a more direct influence on the paintings he produced after his return to Melbourne in 1952. Although his pictures often involved literary or religious imagery, his style became semi-abstract and intuitively evolved: ‘I don't really know what I am going to paint; it has to grow up in the process of one colour on top of another.’ His mature style emerged in the early 1960s in a series of paintings inspired by reading Evelyn Waugh's biography of the 16th-century Jesuit martyr Edmund Campion. These paintings best express French's ideal of the heroic, in which the spiritual will battles with and yet is in a sense contained by the mechanical, the seasonal, and the cyclical. In 1962–3 French lived for a time in Greece. On returning to Melbourne he was commissioned to design a stained-glass ceiling for the Great Hall of the new National Art Gallery of Victoria.

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