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Edward John Burra was an English painter, draughtsman, and printmaker, best known for his depictions of the urban underworld, black culture and the Harlem scene of the 1930s.
Born: March 29, 1905, London, United Kingdom
Died: October 22, 1976, Hastings, United Kingdom
Education: Royal College of Art,
Chelsea College of Arts
Buried: Rye Cemetery, Rye, Rother District, East Sussex, England
Find A Grave Memorial# 15089223
Artwork: The Snack Bar, Dancing Skeletons, The Common Stair, more

School: Chelsea College of Arts (16 John Islip St, Westminster, London SW1P 4JU) is a constituent college of the University of the Arts London based in London, and is a leading British art and design institution with an international reputation. The School of Art merged with the Hammersmith School of Art, founded by Francis Hawke, to form the Chelsea School of Art in 1908. The newly formed school was taken over by the London County Council and a new building erected at Lime Grove, which opened with an extended curriculum. A trade school for girls was erected on the same site in 1914. The school acquired premises at Great Titchfield Street, and was jointly accommodated with Quintin Hogg's Polytechnic in Regent Street (a forerunner of the University of Westminster). The campus at Manresa Road introduced painting and graphic design in 1963, with both disciplines being particularly successful. Notable queer alumni and faculty: Barbara Ker-Seymer (1905-1993), Dirk Bogarde (1921-1999), Edward Burra (1905-1976), William Chappell (1907-1994).

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School: The Royal College of Art or RCA (Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2EU) is a public research university in London. It offers postgraduate degrees in art and design to students from over 60 countries; it is the only entirely postgraduate art and design university in the world. In the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject, the RCA was placed first in the Art and Design subject area. The RCA was founded in Somerset House in 1837 as the Government School of Design or Metropolitan School of Design. In 1853 it was expanded and moved to Marlborough House, and then, in 1853 or 1857, to South Kensington, on the same site as the South Kensington Museum. It was renamed the Normal Training School of Art in 1857 and the National Art Training School in 1863. During the later XIX century it was primarily a teacher training college. In 1896 or 1897 the school received the name Royal College of Art, and the emphasis of teaching there shifted to the practice of art and design. The Darwin Building in Kensington Gore dates from the 1960s (English Heritage Building ID: 487894 (Grade II, 2001)). It was designed by a team of RCA staff members, H. T. Cadbury-Brown, Hugh Casson and Robert Goodden. Notable queer alumni and faculty: Edward Burra (1905-1976), Ossie Clark (1942–1996), Una Vincenzo, Lady Troubridge (1887–1963).

Queer Places, Vol. 2.1: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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House: Early-Mid XIX century. Two storeys and attic. Three windows. Three pedimented dormers. Stuccoed, ground floor rusticated. Pilasters flank the front. Stringcourse. Wide eaves cornice. Hipped slate roof. Glazing bars intact. Venetian shutters to windows. Wide porch with coupled Doric columns.

Address: A268, Rye Foreign, East Sussex TN31 7UL, UK (50.97103, 0.72161)
English Heritage Building ID: 412891 (Grade II, 1961)

Place
Springfield Court is a substantial mansion house originally constructed in the XIX Century and has Italian architectural influences. The property has white painted rendered elevations with green shutters under a pitched Mansard lead and slate roof. Springfield Court is situated in the sought after Domesday village of Playden which lies exactly 1 mile to the north of Rye. Playden derives its name from the Saxon word of “Plaidena” which means “deer pasture” and to this day still retains its original charm. The property has a very private setting and is reputed to be the quintessential house of Playden. The historic Cinque Port town of Rye dates back to pre-Norman times. Originally the area was part of the Manor of Rameslie which in 1014 was promised to the Abbey of Fécamp in Normandy by Elthelred the Unready and during the reign of King Henry III the area was returned to the English Crown. Following this the area underwent a period of fortification with the construction of four gates and a town wall in 1380 under King Edward II. During the late XIII Century the Plantagenet Kings gave Rye the Charter of the Cinque Port which meant that it provided safe harbour for ships. Springfield Court is approached through electronic wrought iron gates via a sweeping gravel driveway which leads to a carriage turning area in front of the main house. Springfield Court has been fully restored to its original splendour with the highest degree of attention to detail and fixtures and fittings being used. Throughout the main reception rooms are impressive marble fireplaces, polished oak floors and internal window shutters. The property retains all of its period charm including ornate moulded cornicing, plasterwork ceilings and original paint colours being used wherever possible throughout the property. The interior combines Georgian grandeur and modern living. The library has the original wooden shelving from No 11 Downing Street and then The Treasury and there is air conditioning across all floors which can be controlled remotely by computer. The property has a commanding position over its gardens, grounds and as such many of the reception rooms and bedrooms have superb views. To the rear there is an impressive raised decking area which again has magnificent views over the formal western gardens and to the valley beyond. To the south of the main house there is a self contained cottage annexe which provides excellent additional accommodation and has two separate access points. From the gravel driveway, there is a fine central plastered and pillared portico with flagstone steps leading to the front door.
Life
Who: Edward John Burra (March 29, 1905 – October 22, 1976) and William Chappell (September 27, 1907 – January 1, 1994)
Edward Burra was an English painter, draughtsman, and printmaker, best known for his depictions of the urban underworld, black culture and the Harlem scene of the 1930s. Burra was born at his grandmother's house in Elvaston Place, London to Henry Curteis Burra, J.P. and Ermentrude Anne (née Robinson Luxford). His father was a barrister and later Chairman of East Sussex County Council. Edward attended preparatory school at Northaw Place in Potters Bar but in 1917 suffered from pneumonia and had to be withdrawn from school and home-educated. Burra took art classes with a Miss Bradley in Rye in 1921, then studied at Chelsea School of Art until 1923, and from 1923–5 at the Royal College of Art under drawing tutors Randolph Schwabe and Raymond Coxon. A fellow student at the Chelsea School of Art was William Chappell (ballet dancer, choreographer, theatre producer and director), who became a close and lifelong friend. Burra visited Paris with William Chappell in October 1925. In September–October 1927, Burra and Chappell travelled to the south of France. In May 1928 Burra visited Toulon with Chappell, Irene Hodgkins, Barbara Ker-Seymer, Brian Howard and Anthony Powell. From October to December 1928, he stayed in Paris with Chappell, Fedorovitch, Frederick Ashton, Cedric Morris, Arthur Lett-Haines, Arthur Mahoney and John Banting. In May 1929, he visited Paris with Chappell, Ashton, Fedorovitch, Mahoney and Birgit Batholin. Ashton's ballet A Day in a Southern Port (Rio Grande) opened at the Savoy, London in November 1931 with sets and costumes by Burra. In 1940, Burra suffered terribly from rheumatism and gout. He spent much of the War years at his home, Springfield, near Rye as travel is difficult. In 1953 the Burra family left Springfield for Chapel House in the middle of Rye which had been built for them. In 1969 Burra moved from Chapel House to 2 Springfield Cottages, a gardener’s cottage next to his former home, Springfield at Playden, near Rye. After breaking his hip in 1974, his health declined sharply and he died in Hastings in 1976. He is buried at Rye Cemetery (Rye Hill, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7NH). William Chappell was a British dancer, ballet designer and director. He is most noted for his designs for more than 40 ballets or revues, including many of the early works of Sir Frederick Ashton and Dame Ninette de Valois. Chappell was born in Wolverhampton, the son of theatrical manager Archie Chappell and his wife Edith Eva Clara Black (née Edith Blair-Staples). After his parents separated, Chapell and his mother moved to Balham, London, where she pursued a career as a fashion journalist. Edith's daughter by her first marriage, romantic novelist Hermina Black, Chappell's half-sister, was living nearby in Wandsworth. Chappell studied at the Chelsea School of Art where aged 14 he met fellow students Edward Burra and Barbara Ker-Seymer forging a lifelong friendship. He did not take up dancing seriously until he was 17 when he studied under Marie Rambert, whom he met through his friend Frederick Ashton. For two years Chappell and Ashton toured Europe with Ida Rubenstein's company under the direction of Massine and Nijinska. He retired to his home in Rye and died there after a long illness in 1994.

Queer Places, Vol. 2.1: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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