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The University of Leeds has a long association with pioneering figures who helped to mobilise the advance of fine art in the university curriculum, from Sir Michael Sadler and his exhibitions of outstanding examples of English modernism in the early part of the last century, to Peter Gregory and Herbert Read's institution in 1949 of the Gregory Fellowships in Painting and Sculpture. Leeds was one of the first universities to employ working artists in its Fine Art department, integrating studio practice with the study of art history. This development was led by Maurice de Sausmarez, Quentin Bell and Laurence Gowing, successively Heads of Department in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The Gregory Fellows and the Fine Art Department as a whole had strong working links with the Leeds College of Art which, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, under the leadership of figures such as Harry Thubron, Eric Taylor and Ricky Atkinson, was transforming itself along Bauhaus lines. This history is extensively reflected in the holdings of the University Art Collection, which are available for study.

Works from University of Leeds

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Portrait of James Kirkup
Maurice De Sausmarez 1951
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Nudes Composition
Martin Froy 1957
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Mars Red, Yellow and Brown
Terry Frost 1957
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Italian
Trevor Bell 1959
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Levitation
Quentin Claudian Stephen Bell 1960
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Panel at Bodington Hall
Hubert Dalwood 1961
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Translation of Rubens' Chateau de Steen
Jessie Semple 1961
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Plaster Circle
Harry Thubron 1962
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Leeds from the University III
Dennis Creffield 1964
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Black Zuou
Eric Atkinson 1965
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Band Relief
Neville Boden 1967
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Drawing 1D/2B/75
Keith Milow 1975
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Bird Sculpture
Ainslie Yule 1979
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Extended Pier IX
John Mitchell 1980

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