Tom Phillips 1955
Tom Phillips July 1955
Early works
David Rudkin Polyptych, 1964
The City

The City, 1958 (Pembroke College)

  • 1959
  • Meets Jill Purdy, fellow member of Philharmonia Chorus while singing The Messiah under Beecham at Lucerne
  • 1958
  • Goes up to Oxford to study Anglo Saxon literature; spends much of time acting, doing theatre designs and making music
  • Begins important friendship with David Rudkin whom he describes as "a vital intellectual stimulus"
  • Attends Edgar Wind lectures on iconography in Renaissance Art and occasionally attends drawing class at Ruskin School
  • Sells first painting The City to Pembroke College JCR for £12, exhibited at Ashmolean (alphabetically placed next to Picasso)
  • 1957
  • Application to Oxford University successful, gains a place at St Catherine’s Society
  • Auditions for Philharmonia Chorus founded by Walter Legge, is accepted and sings on the recording of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Otto Klemperer
  • Draws during Albert Hall rehearsals with Wilhelm Pitts the chorus master of Bayreuth
  • 1956
  • Tom Phillips's father dies
  • 1955
  • London County Council Scholarship to Paris and Aix-en-Provence ("where I did a bad drawing of an apple in Cézanne’s Studio")
  • 1954
  • Exhibits paintings on the railings of the Embankment
  • 1950
  • On family holiday to Europe, Tom visits Uffizi, Louvre and Prado