Lucy Harwood


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(1893 - 1972)

Harwood was a founding student at Benton End studying under Sir Cedric Morris and Lett-Haines. She had intended to have a career as a pianist but a botched operation on her right arm led to her taking up painting with her left.
According to Lett-Haines Sir Matthew Smith admired Harwood's bold and original use of colour and her flamboyant impasto. Unlike many of the other founding students at the East Anglian School of Painting Harwood remained within the school's artistic ecosystem until her death, buying a cottage a few fields away from Benton End in the village of Layham. She was a great friend with Denise Broadley and the two went on painting holidays in the winter when the school shut.