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Roland PenroseThe Life of a Surrealist$
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James King

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474414500

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414500.001.0001

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‘Born a Quaker’ (1900–1913)

‘Born a Quaker’ (1900–1913)

(p.1) Chapter One ‘Born a Quaker’ (1900–1913)
Roland Penrose

James King

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter details Roland Penrose's early life. Roland was born on 14 October 1900. He had two older brothers Alexander (Alec) and Lionel, born in 1896 and 1898, respectively. His Irish-born father James Doyle Penrose was a painter, very much a traditional, proficient, and popular Royal Hibernian Academician, specialising in portraits and religious and historical themes. His mother Josephine was the daughter of Lord Peckover, an eminently successful East Anglian banker. Piety linked Josephine and James: they were devout Quakers. Like many wealthy women of her generation, Josephine's days were so filled with performing good deeds outside her home that she did not have much time to spend with her offspring. All in all, Roland had a happy childhood. In retrospect, he felt he and his brothers had been too restrained by their parents.

Keywords:   Quakers, Roland Penrose, biography, James Doyle Penrose, Josephine Penrose

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