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J. Howard Bliss (1894 - 1977)


J. Howard Bliss (1894-1977), younger brother of the composer Sir Arthur Bliss (1891-1975), was an art collector and a Contemporary Art Society Committee Member (1950-7) as well as its elected buyer of over 20 works in 1955. Between 1951-2 a touring exhibition of his collection of over 60 works was organised by the CAS and travelled around the country to the local authority institutions of BatIey Art Gallery, Belfast Art Gallery, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead, Russell Coates Museum, Bournemouth, Brighton Art Gallery, Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, Derby Art Gallery, Harrogate Art Gallery, Hove Art Gallery, Ferens Art Gallery,Hull, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, Usher Art Gallery, Lincoln, Manchester City Art Gallery, Newark-on-Trent Art Gallery, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Wakefield Art Gallery and Worcester Art Gallery and Museum; works were also lent to The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.




Artworks donated and purchased by J. Howard Bliss