20th Century Art
The Benton End Group (sometimes called The East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing) was opened by Cedric Morris (1889-1982) and Arthur Lett Haines (d.1978), first at Dedham in 1937 and from 1940 to the late 1970s at Benton End, near Hadleigh Suffolk.
It was a great influence on many Suffolk painters and made a vital contribution to art teaching in the east of England for forty years. Benton End was run on very idiosyncratic lines. There was no formal teaching, more the establishment of an environment in which artists could explore their potential. The atmosphere inspired many artists and was a formative experience in the early careers of Lucien Freud and Maggi Hambling among others.
There are several paintings already in the collection at Ipswich by artists associated with Benton End, including Cedric Morris, Arthur Lett-Haines, Maggi Hambling, Lucy Harwood, Joan Warburton and Glyn Morgan. Other notable figures influenced by Cedric Morris and the group also included Beth Chatto.