The day Terry was left in the shade by George

TERRY failed the entrance exam at the Sheffield School of Art, then on Arundel Street, because he was ill-prepared after eight changes of school in the war years.

Monday, 3rd September 2007, 9:51 am
Updated Monday, 3rd September 2007, 11:39 am

“I had been sent armed with one 2H pencil, a synthetic rubber and a ruler,” he writes in the book.

“The first thing I was expected to draw was a bucket, a scrubbing brush and a bar of carbolic soap on the enormous sheet of paper provided. I had never seen such a large sheet.

“I had been used to drawing on scraps and off-cuts of wallpaper. It was hopeless trying to shade with a 2H pencil. I couldn’t fail to fail and I did.”

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He had more bad luck when he took his paintings to Hibbert Brothers on Norfolk Street, the art suppliers and dealers who could have given his career a boost.

“They liked them but said they had just taken on this artist called George Cunningham. I was on my own.”