Painter, draughtsman and teacher, born in London. From 1914–17 Cast studied at School of Building, Brixton, intending to become an interior decorator, then for three years was employed successively in design studios of Maples, Harrods and H & C Davis (Radiation Ltd). He attended life classes at St Martin’s School of Art in the afternoons, and in the evenings at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts. In 1919 a large watercolour was hung in the architectural room of the RA. Awarded a scholarship by London County Council, Cast studied at Camberwell 1920–2, under Albert Rutherston, then from 1922–6 under Henry Tonks at Slade School of Fine Art, winning first prize in painting from life and first prize in decorative design, 1924–5; first prize in drawing heads from life, 1925–6; and, on leaving, the Robert Ross Scholarship in Fine Art.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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