Julian Trevelyan 1910-1988

Julian Trevelyan RA (20 February 1910 - 12 July 1988) was a British artist and poet.  He was educated at  Bedales School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he read English Literature.   He moved to Paris to become an artist, enrolling at Atelier Dix-Sept, Stanley William Hayter's engraving school, where he learned etching. He worked alongside artists including Max Ernst, Oskar Kokoschka, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso. In 1935, Trevelyan bought Durham Wharf, beside the River Thames in Hammersmith, London. This became his home and studio for the rest of his life and was a source of artistic inspiration to him. He became a confirmed Surrealist and exhibited at the International Surrealist Exhibition, held at the New Burlington Galleries in London. From 1950 to 1955, Trevelyan taught history of art and etching at the Chelsea School of Art. During 1955-63, he was Tutor of Engraving at the Royal College of Art, rising to Head of the Etching Department where he was influential to many younger printmakers, including David Hockney and Norman Ackroyd.

In 1969, he produced the Thames Suite, a collection of 12 views of the Thames from its upper reaches in Oxford and Henley-on-Thames down to the tidal stretches of London and the Estuary


Trevelyan's first solo exhibition was at the Lefevre Gallery in 1937.[2]

His work has been exhibited at the Bloomsbury Gallery, Messum's and the New Burlington Galleries in London, and the Bohun Gallery and River and Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames, among other places.[4]

To celebrate the centenary of his birth, an exhibition of his prints was held at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester from 10 May to 13 June 2010.

Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames, handle the artist's estate, and stages regular exhibitions of his paintings and etchings.

105 of his artworks are now held in the collection of the Tate Gallery.[2]

Trevelyan recorded some of his experiences in his book Indigo days, MacGibbon and Kee, London, 1957.

Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames held a major retrospective of the artist's work 'Julian Trevelyan: Picture Language' 23 April - 1 June 2013, which included previously unseen paintings and etchings.[4] The exhibition launched the new monograph on Julian Trevelyan, written by his son Philip Trevelyan