The Rugby Tackle
The Rugby Tackle, 1965
Lawrence Toynbee (1922–2002)
Oil on board, 122 x 184cm
Located in Basement near Dance Studios.
Lawrence Toynbee, painter and teacher was the youngest son of the historian Arnold Toynbee and Rosalind, daughter of Gilbert Murray (who had become Professor of Greek at Glasgow at the age of 23 and later founded the League of Nations Union). He was educated at Oxford and in 1945 invalided from the army. Lawrence trained as an artist at the Ruskin School of Drawing in Oxford, and subsequently became art master at St Edward's, Oxford. He also taught at Bradford College of Art, commuted weekly, from 1965-72 to teach at Morley College and became the first Director of the Morley Gallery. ‘He was an artist with a gift for conveying movement, which he used to especially good effect in his pictures of games and sport’; a gift self-evident in The Rugby Tackle.