Peter Samuelson (1912-96) was an artist to his finger tips. He could not be in a room with a piece of paper and pen without sitting down and sketching. The son of a rich hotelier, he was sent to Eton where his talent for art was recognized and encouraged.
In the 1930's - after art school - he lived in France for a time gradually developing a unique style. After World War II (in which he served as a soldier) he returned to London, had a short-lived marriage (which produced two children) before recognising his primarily gay nature. From then until the late 1960's he bought and lived in large 19th century London houses, which he filled with short-term tenants who often became the models for his artwork.
Because he came from a wealthy background and had a regular income, he never needed to work. An unfortunate result was that he didn't need to sell his work and never bothered to find a gallery to exhibit it. Apart from occasional sales to friends and a few gifts to models, most of the work remained unframed in his studio. When his health began to decline, the work was distributed among friends, who recognised his talent, and they began to place his work with galleries. As a result his reputation began to grow. In the 1980's The Gays Men's Press produced a small book about his work called "Post-War Friends" which began the consolidation of his reputation.
His work is so characteristic of the period immediately after the Second World War that the Bridgman Art Library selected it as representative of the age. Samuelson was a prolific painter. His subject matter was varied and not limited to the male form in art. Many of his painting are in fine collections. As well as painting he was addicted to drawing. Please check out the pages of his drawings on this website.