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Jeffrey Camp RA (b. 1923)
Swimming, 1959

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Jeffrey Camp recently identified this work as depicting children swimming with their parents in Oulton Broad Lido in Suffolk close to Lowestoft. It is likely that Camp painted this work en plein air and has captured the movement of the swimmers with loosely applied oil paint.

Image (right): Jeffery Camp RA, Swimming, 1959, Jerwood Collection. Courtesy of the artist and Art Space Gallery


oil on canvas


76.2 x 101.6 cm


Purchased from a private collection in March 2016.

Born in Oulton Broad, Suffolk, Jeffrey Camp studied at Lowestoft and Ipswich Schools of Art between 1939 and 1940, and at the Edinburgh College of Art under William Gillies (1898-1973) and John Maxwell (1941-44).  After graduating he was awarded the Andrew Grant Travelling Scholarship in 1944 and 1945, and went on to teach at the Chelsea School of Art (1960-61) and the Slade School of Art (1963-88). 

Camp was elected as a member of the London Group (1961), RA (1984), and won the Wollaston Award for the most distinguished work in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (1996).  A painter of figures and landscapes in oil, Camp used Beachy Head as his subject in a number of works, often painting on unusual shaped canvases and borders. In 1963 Camp married the artist Laetita Yhap, who features in much of his work, and in the late 1960s the couple moved to Hastings.  He currently lives and works in Stockwell, South London.