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Painting by William Scott depicting a white cup and blue teabag packet on a grey background

The George and Ann Dannatt Gift

A significant gift of post-war abstract art donated by the artist George Dannatt and his wife Ann.

The George and Ann Dannatt Gift features over 100 paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints.

Donated by George Dannatt (1915-2009), an abstract artist who initially worked as a chartered surveyor, this collection helps us tell the story of post-war abstract art, particularly the artists living in creative communities in St Ives, Cornwall.

While working as a chartered surveyor George studied composition and harmony in the evenings and worked as a music critic. This musical training undoubtedly influenced his abstract paintings. In the mid-50s he became friends with the artist Patrick Heron after visiting his studio in his capacity as a surveyor and was soon drawn close to the St Ives artists. He became a regular visitor to Cornwall, exhibiting with the Penwith Society of Arts and joining the Newlyn Society of Artists. Through his friendships he developed a remarkable collection of artworks by figures associated with Cornwall, including Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Paul Feiler, Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton, Peter Lanyon, Denis Mitchell, Ben Nicholson, William Scott, John Tunnard, John Wells and Bryan Wynter.

George and his wife Ann, founder of the Association of Women Housing Managers, whom he married in 1943, created their own rural equivalent of Kettle’s Yard, filling their home in Wiltshire with artworks, books and music. Having no immediate heirs, George and Ann had placed their collection in Trust and they explored ways in which the majority of it could be kept together for the benefit of future generations finally deciding upon Pallant House Gallery as its permanent home.

Highlights from the collection includes works by the St Ives artists, and other British artists such as Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde, John Craxton, Elizabeth Frink, Alan Reynolds and Keith Vaughan, as well as prints by European Modernists such as Jean Arp, Eduardo Chillida, Juan Gris, Hans Hartung, Jean Helion, Marie Laurencin, Pierre Soulages, and Victor Vasarely.

Painting by William Gear showing abstract forms in predominately dark grey, black, blue and white forms

William Gear, Landscape (1951)

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (The George and Ann Dannatt Gift, 2011) © The Artist’s Estate

Painting by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham showing abstract forms; a black semi-circle on the left and an irregular pentagram in brown-red on the right

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Geoff and Scruffy Series (1956)

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (The George and Ann Dannatt Gift, 2011) © The Barns-Graham Charitable Trust

Painting by Robert MacBryde showing a stylised bowl of fruit in the top right depicted on a patterned cloth of red, brown and yellow tones

Robert Macbryde, Fruit on a Caucasian Cloth (c.1944)

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (The George and Ann Dannatt Gift, 2011) © The Estate of the Artist

A black and white lithograph depicting a stylised table and lamp with the word

Juan Gris, Le Guéridon (1921)

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (The George and Ann Dannatt Gift, 2011)

Painting by John Tunnard depicting abstract forms in tones of brown, red and cream

John Tunnard, Cat's Cradle (Sphere and Wall) (1940)

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (The George and Ann Dannatt Gift, 2011)

Painting by Alfred Cohen depicting a harbour scene with waterside houses and boats, predominately in green tones

Alfred Cohen, Off Honfleur (1969-70)

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (The George and Ann Dannatt Gift, 2011) © Estate of Alfred Cohen The School House, Wighton, Nr. Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AL 01328 820457

Painting by William Scott depicting a white cup and blue teabag packet on a grey background

William Scott, Cup (1974)

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (The George and Ann Dannatt Gift, 2011)