Studio: international art — 53.1911

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E. L. Laurenson

THE PICTURES AND PRINTS sitting in his motor-car with his friend Mr. Harold

OF EDWARD L LAURENSON Speed, both busily painting on a country road,

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drawing of 7/z£ Zazj' Artists. But Mr. Lauren-

Ascending the straight steep flight of steps son is far from being a " lazy artist"; he is, on

to Mr. E. L. Laurenson's studio in Kensington, the contrary, always trying to find for himself

one finds oneself amid familiar surroundings; new vehicles for artistic expression, while his car

for here, one remembers, the lovable personality is characteristic of his energetic and restless search

and delightful genius of Phil May were once for pictorial opportunities.

at home. And the place is fragrant with kindly An Irishman born, the instinct for art developed

memories, but the artistic atmosphere is different, in his childhood, and at ten years of age he was

Mr. Laurenson is a painter chiefly of landscapes, allowed to begin studying at the Old School of

and he is very much an out-of-doors painter. Design in Kildare Street, Dublin. He remained

So, although he works a great deal in the large there only six months, however, for his family

studio at 20 Holland Park Road, finishing there traditions were military, and he was destined for

his canvases, or biting and printing his etchings the army. But during the seven years he held

and aquatints, his still more workaday studio is a commission in the Connaught Rangers, whether

his motor-car. To many a happy painting- stationed at home or in the East, the artist in him

ground has it taken him, both on the Continent was always craving for expression; he was con-

and in England, and many a pleasing picture stantly sketching, constantly making efforts to

has he enjoyed painting in it, while count- paint. Regimental routine proved ever irksome

less are the sketches and colour-notes he has to him, and eventually he gave up soldiering, and

made in that peripatetic studio, with the changing went to study art in Paris. For a time he worked

skies overhead. It was, I believe, Mr. Laurenson in Colarossi's atelier, and afterwards he attended

"chelsea reach" (aquatint)
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by e. l. laurenson
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