The Alfred Daniels Collection
Alfred Daniels was born in the East End of London in 1924. After studying at Woolwich Art School from 1943 to 1944, he did his National Service in the Royal Air Force, resuming his studies at the Royal College of Art from 1947 to 1950. He then toured Florence, Venice, and Sienna and was deeply impressed by the painting of the Italian primitives, The award-winning set of murals he completed for Hammersmith Town Hall in 1954, depicting life on the Thames, are regarded as a modern classic. Soon afterwards, the Football Association held a fine art competition whose judges included the directors of the National Gallery and the Tate; the first prize was won jointly by Alfred Daniels and L. S. Lowry.