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Philip Naviasky 1894 - 1983

Portrait and landscape painter, born and lived in Leeds of Polish extraction. Studied at Leeds School of Art. Was then admitted as a student of painting at Royal Academy Schools at 18, said to have been the youngest ever. He also gained a Royal Exhibition award from Board of Education for three years at Royal College of Art. A fluent artist who worked widely in Yorkshire as well as abroad in Spain, the south of France, Morocco and elsewhere. Among his portraits were Lord Nuffield - the politicians Ramsay Macdonald and Philip Snowden. Showed at RA, RP, RSA and had a series of solo shows. In the late 60s had to stop painting because of failing sight. Galleries in Leeds, Newcastle, Preston and Stoke-on-Trent hold his work.