Edward James

(1907—1984) art patron

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British collector and patron. He inherited a fortune and spent lavishly on the arts, including financing ballet (he married the Austrian dancer Tilly Losch). As a collector he concentrated on Surrealist art, particularly works by his close friend and fellow eccentric Salvador Dalí. In the 1970s he converted West Dean Park, Sussex (his family home), into a crafts college.

From A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art in Oxford Reference.

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