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Artwork by Denis Wirth-Miller
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About the Artist
(1915-2010) Wirth-Miller was born in Folkestone, Kent, in 1915, where his Bavarian father Johann Wirthmiller (Denis later Anglicised his name) ran a busy hotel. Wirth-Miller's mother moved him to Bamburgh in her home county of Northumberland, where he was raised by his grandmother.
After leaving school, Wirth-Miller joined Tootal Broadhurst Lee, the textile manufacturers in Manchester, where innate talent prompted his appointment as a designer. During the 1940's he became acquainted with Francis Bacon, conversing with him on a near daily basis. They shared interests in literature, philosophy, art, gambling and life in general.
With-Miller's early works were portraits, figures and still lifes, later a series of very large dog paintings – hounds on the move, mastiffs, great danes in motion in the act of turning or hunting or disappearing into the mist. Later works were East Anglian or Dartmoor landscapes.