Julian Trevelyan RA (1910-1988)
Julian Trevelyan, born 20th February 1910 Leith Hill near Dorking, the only surviving child of the classical scholar and poet Robert Calverley Trevelyan and his Dutch wife Elizabeth van der Hoeven. Julian was the grandson of Sir George Otto Trevelyan, Liberal politician and writer and nephew of the historian George Macaulay Trevelyan.
Julian was educated at Bedales School and revealed his talent for art at a young age. His first published prints appeared in a number of issues of the school magazine The Ray. He went on to read English Literature at Cambridge University, where his friend Humphrey Jennings introduced him to French painting and Surrealist ideas. Trevelyan left Cambridge before completing his tripos and moved to Paris to become an artist, eventually enrolling in Stanley William Hayter's engraving school 'Atelier Dix-Sept', where he first learnt the techniques of etching. In Hayter's studio he worked alongside such figures as Max Ernst, Oska Kokoshka, Joan Miró and Picasso.
Following a failed first Marriage, Trevelyan married the artist Mary Fedden. They both painted a series of murals for the Festival of Britain and the Wheatley Road School in Welwyn Garden City. Trevelyan taught History of Art and Etching at Chelsea School or Art and later became Head of the Etching Department at the Royal College of Art. He was eventually made fellow of the College. David Hockney was among his inspired pupils. In 1987 Julian Trevelyan was appointed Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts. He died the following year in Hammersmith on 12 July 1988.