CYRIL MANN  (1911-1980)
Born 28th May, Paddington London, third child of William and Gertrude Mann, both originally from Nottingham.
Parents return to Nottingham with their four children at the outbreak of World War 1 and William Mann is conscripted into the army.
William returns 'shell shocked' and is admitted to a mental hospital where he remains until his death in 1938, leaving his wife alone to bring up their daughter and three sons.

Aged twelve, Cyril is the yougest boy to win a scholarship to the Nottingham School of Art.
Leaves school, fails entrance exanimation to become an office clerk at Boots the Chemist; works for a year as a clerk in an office.
cm15 Portrait of the artist aged 15, taken shortly before he went to Canada.
Travels to Canada to become a missionary.
Abandons religious life and works as a miner. logger, travelling salesman and printer. Virtually isolated from the civilised world on the Alaskan border, the beauty of the surrounding landscape inspires him to start painting again.
Meets Sheffield-born painter and member of the Canadian Group of Seven, Arthur Lismer, and is influenced by the work of these painters. Lismer advises Mann to return to England to continue his art education.
canada Cyril at work in Canada c.1930
Cyril returns to England and settles in London. In the depth of the Depression years, unemployed and often close to starvation, he specialises in water-colours of Paddington and Maida Vale.
Meets Reverend Oliver Fielding Clarke, leading light in the Toc H organisation, who introduces the young artist to Erica Marx, well known art patron. A trust fund is set up to enable him to study at the Royal Academy Schools; he is awarded a place for that academic year.
Leaves RA Schools to continue studying in Paris, supported by Erica Marx. Meets Mary Jervis-Read.

The Mann family and friends on a day-trip to Skegness, early 1930.
Cyril (right) is seen here with his mother (centre and his sister Anne.


Returns to London just before war breaks out and marries Mary Jervis- Read.
Birth of daughter Sylvia.
Serves as a Gunner in the Royal Artillery until the end of the war.
Becomes a conscientious objector when conscipted after the war and his case goes to a tribunal.
Suffers extreme ill health and stomach ulcers.
Appointed art lecturer at the LCC Central School of Art and continues teaching there until 1949.
Takes part in exibition Artists of Fame and Promise, Wildenstein Gallery.
f30 Cyril and Mary with heir daughter Sylvia.

Appointed lecturer at Kingsway Day College and Sir John Cass College, specialising in the 'Technology of Painting'.
Separates from wife Mary.
Exhibition at the Park Row Gallery of the Midland group of Artists and designers, Nottingham.
Throughout the 1950s exhibits at various London Galleries, including two-man show (with Ann Estelle Rice) at the Brook Street Gallery, mixed shows at the Hanover Gallery and has several shows at the Archer Gallery.
Moved to a flat in Bevin Court, Islington.
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Completes large sculpture commision, the design of a crest for a manor house.

e Cyril setting up his exhibition at the Park Row Gallery of the Midlands Groupm od Artists in Nottingham.
Marries Renske van Slooten. Gives up teaching to concentrate on painting full time, mostly in a one-bedroom council flat in Islington.
One man show at St Martin's Gallery. near St Martin's Lane.
One man show at Rawinski gallery, Soho.
Moves to Walthamstow, East London.
Paintings selected for one man show at Alwin Gallery, Mayfair.
Joins and exhibits with Contemporary Portrait Society.
Two man show at Alwin Gallery.
Third exhibition at the Alwin Gallery.
Birth of second daughter, Amanda Renske Mann.
Moves to Leyton, East London, having use of an entire house for the first time in his life. Paints local scenes including Epping forest.
Shows with Contemporary Portrait Society at Upper Grovenor Gallery and has various private exhibitions backed by Dr and Mrs M.Leibson, patrons of the artist for many years.
Exhibition at Ogle Gallery, Eastbourne. Starts having severe physical and mental health problems.
Several spells in Claybury mental hospital.
Dies in Whipps Cross Hospital 7th January.

Cyril and Renske

Cyril in the tiny one bedroom council flat at Bevin Court in Islington where he painted most of his early 1960s canvases
pigeon Cyril with a fledgling pigeon in the garden of Leyton house. 1978