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 Boris Vasilievich Anrep

Boris Vasilievich Anrep

Birth
Russia
Death 7 Jun 1969 (aged 85)
Greater London, England
Burial Golders Green, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England
Plot *cremated, ashes taken away
Memorial ID 13917082 · View Source
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Russian-born leading mosaic artist of the 20 century. Anrep was a son of a distinguished physiologist. First time he came to Britain in summer 1899 to study English language. Back in Russia he studied law but instead of academic career he decided to become a poet and a painter. In 1908 he married Yuniua Khitrovo and the couple moved to Paris where Anrep studied art and worked in various workshops. That's where his interest in mosaic laying started to develop. During his visits to London he was introduced to the Bloomsbury circle. When the WW1 started, he went to serve in the Imperial Russian Guard, fighting in Galicia until 1916. On his visits to Russia he was romantically involved with the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova. In 1917 he was called back to London as Military Secretary to the Russian Government Committee. During this period of his life he divorced his wife, married Helen Maitland, by whom he already had two children and met Maria Volkova – his companion for many years on, which resulted in his wife leaving him for Roger Fry. At the same time he received his first commissions for mosaics. The mosaics on the landings of the main staircase in the National Gallery, London, became the main project of his life. He worked on this project from 1926 to 1952, creating four big compositions: The Labours of Life, The Pleasures of Life, The Awakening of the Muses and The Modern Virtues. These mosaics include famous figures of the day, such as Winston Churchill, Virginia Woolf, Anna Akhmatova, T.S.Eliot and Greta Garbo. When Maria Volkova died, he settled with Maud Russell, the society hostess and patron of arts, who paid for some of the National Gallery mosaics. In her mansion, Mottisfont Abbey, Anrep and Russell planted two trees where they both wanted to be buried later. According to some sources, he was interred there, but not Maud Russel who was buried in the family mausoleum.

“ANREP – On June 7th, 1969, in London, Boris, aged 85, son of Vassili Konstantinovich von Anrep, and Paraskeva Mikhailovna Zatzepina, of St Petersburg” (The Times (London, England), Friday, Jun 13, 1969; pg. 20; Issue 57585.)


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  • Created by: julia&keld
  • Added: 11 Apr 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13917082
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Boris Vasilievich Anrep (28 Sep 1883–7 Jun 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13917082, citing Golders Green Crematorium, Golders Green, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England ; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479) .