Currie, John S. (1884?-1914) by Scholes, Robert

John S. Currie (1884 – 1914)

He was born at Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme and studied at the Newcastle and Henley Schools or Art. He worked first as a ceramic artist and then Master of Life Painting at Bristol. In 1910 he studied part-time at the Slade and became friendly with Augustus John and Mark Gertler. After four years of marriage he left his wife in 1911 and settled in Newlyn, Cornwall in 1912, and then, like some other Newlyn artists, became a member of the New English Art Club. In 1914 he was living with Dolly Henry in Hampstead, when he shot both her and himself, dying in Chelsea Infirmary. The shooting was fatal for her as well.

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