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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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A Pastoral Retreat (1949–1953)

A Pastoral Retreat (1949–1953)

(p.207) Chapter Thirteen A Pastoral Retreat (1949–1953)
Roland Penrose

James King

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter details events in Roland Penrose's life from 1949 to 1953. By 1949, Roland felt the ‘urge to live closer to nature’. After the war, London seemed a place of muted glory. The sad state of the metropolis reminded him that his native land had moved down several notches in the world's estimation. Harry Yoxall, the founder of English Vogue, alerted the Penroses to the availability by auction of a small dairy farm and accompanying house in the Downs. They acquired 200 acres, the house, cottages, and farm buildings for twenty-nine cows for £22,500. Roland was delighted to be able to divide his life between the city and the country. Lee, a more urban person, had grave doubts.

Keywords:   Roland Penrose, biography, dairy farm, Harry Yoxall

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