Mark Gertler

Based in an 19th Century Georgian townhouse in London’s East End, the Timothy Everest Bespoke Atelier, was once home to the famous 20th Century artist Mark Gertler.

Gertler (1891 - 1939) was born in Spitalfields and was the youngest son of Jewish immigrant parents. As a child he showed remarkable talent for drawing and he later went on to become an accomplished artist working on the fringe of the Bloomsbury set.

His early life and his relationship with Dora Carrington were the inspiration for Gilbert Cannan's novel Mendel. The character Loerke from D. H. Lawrence's Women in Love and Gombauld from Aldous Huxley's Crome Yellow were also based on Gertler.

He is best known for his painting ‘The Merry-Go-Round’ (1916) which currently hangs in the Tate Britain. Created in the midst of the war years, it was described by Lawrence as "the best modern picture I have seen" (Letters, 9 October 1916). Many art critics consider the painting as the most important British painting of the First World War.

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