Desmond Chute

Sir Patrick Geddes, 1854 - 1932. Sociologist and town planner (1930)

About this artwork

Geddes turned to sociology after a brief attack of blindness ended his early career as a biologist. In 1892 he acquired the Outlook Tower near Edinburgh Castle where he established the world's first sociological laboratory. By the First World War, Geddes's reputation as a pioneer town planner was international. He believed that urban structures should provide for physical and spiritual human needs, with gardens, sun-courts and neighbourly street layouts. These ideas were to become widely accepted as desirable in twentieth-century town planning.

Desmond Chute

Desmond Chute

Desmond Chute was born in Bristol and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art from 1912. After meeting the sculptor Eric Gill in 1915, he became an apprentice in Gill's workshop. In 1921 Chute travelled to Fribourg in Switzerland to study for the priesthood. After his ordination in 1927, he went to live in Rapallo, Italy, where he spent the rest of his life, apart from several short visits to Britain. Chute is known primarily as a writer and fine draughtsman.