Behind the Seaford artist who was Eric Slater

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Eric Slater was a renowned artists from Seaford who produced more than 30 colour woodcuts between 1926 and the outbreak of the Second World War. Many depict scenes near his East Sussex home.

Last year, the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne was contacted by art collector and journalist James Trollop who wanted to know if they had any Eric Slater pieces in their art collection

Towner only has one piece of work by Eric Slater, known as The Coastguard Station from 1930. The gallery has been working with Mr Trollop to produce a book about the forgotten artist that is Eric Slater.

The book was published last month and it is believed to be the first book to have been published on Eric Slater.

A frail, only child, Eric Slater was born in 1896 and spent his early years with his parents, grandmother and two servants in a large house in Hampstead, London. His father, Thomas, a successful silversmith and partner in the firm Aldwinkle and Slater, died when Eric was eight.

Eric moved with his mother and grandmother to Sussex where he studied at The Hastings School of Art. He was probably taught how to make woodcuts by a neighbour called Arthur Rigden Read (1879-1955) who had been to Japan to study oriental woodcut techniques used by European printmakers from the 1890s.