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Anthony Fry
Essays by John Berger,Tom Stoppard, Andrew Lambirth, Frances Partridge, Bryan Robertson, and an interview with Cathy Courtney

Anthony Fry is a poet of color. This first book on the noted English painter presents the work of several decades, from travels in Morocco, Greece, Turkey, Spain, India and beyond. The major inspirations of Fry’s work, notably the dreamlike landscapes of the equatorial zones, the nude in all its permutations, and the shuttered spaces of meditative interiors, all show Fry’s dexterity with form and signature mastery of color: incandescent, powerful, full of life.

This groundbreaking monograph contains nearly 180 reproductions in full color of paintings and works on paper from nearly every period, including photographs of the artist in his studios near Bath and in Fort Cochin, Kerala, India. The book also presents essays by a number of notable writers, including novelist John Berger; playwright Tom Stoppard; memoirist, translator, and last surviving member of Bloomsbury, Frances Partridge; along with lengthier texts by critics Bryan Robertson and Andrew Lambirth, and an interview with Fry by Cathy Courtney done for the British Library. Together they provide a long-overdue comprehensive evaluation and discussion of Fry’s work.


Anthony Fry was born in 1927. He attended the Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts and has taught at the Bath Academy of Art. He had his first one-man exhibition at St. George’s Gallery, London in 1955. His work is included in public collections of the Tate Gallery, the Contemporary Art Society, the Arts Council of Great Britain, and the Saatchi Collection, among others. He is the recipient of a Harkness Fellowship and a Lorne Fellowship. Anthony Fry currently divides his time between England and India. He is represented by Browse and Darby, London.

John Berger is an internationally known art critic and novelist. He is the author of over forty books, including Art and Revolution, Another Way of Telling, A Fortunate Man, Ways of Seeing, Keeping a Rendezvous, and Isabelle: A Short Story

Tom Stoppard, playwright, novelist, and screenwriter, is the author of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Arcadia, Indian Ink, and forty other plays, twenty-two books, and eleven screenplays, including the Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love. His works explore intersections of love, science, history, and art, often with subtle political undercurrents.

Andrew Lambirth is a noted writer, critic, and curator. He currently writes for The Spectator London Magazine, and Contemporary Visual Art. He is also a contributing editor of the Royal Academy Magazine. Among his books are studies of W. B. Yeats and Shakespeare, and he is currently writing a monograph on Ken Kiff.

Frances Partridge is, at 100, the last surviving member of the original Bloomsbury group and still living with gusto, humor, and a signature gift for observation. Childhood family friends included Henry James and Conan Doyle, and after an education at Cambridge, she met and married Ralph Partridge and lived with him, as well as Dora Carrington and
Lytton Strachey, befriending Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf, and others in that circle. She is the author of five books, including Hanging On(a memoir), as well as numerous translations from the French and Spanish.

Bryan Robertson is a celebrated critic, author of Private View and other works, and the former director of the Whitechapel Gallery, London.

Cathy Courtney is a writer, critic, oral historian, and project officer for the National Life Story Collection’s Artists’ Lives series, based at the British Library

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