David aimed to put Cecil Collins' life, 1908-1989, into a different context than for example William Anderson has done with his breathlessly enthusiastic version, in his biography of Cecil Collins. Cecil Collins went to the Royal College of Art in 1927, and drew 'Maternity' in 1929. We also saw drawings his Mother had drawn on their living room walls, including a Blakeish quote- 'God has Flown from this World'.
He married Elizabeth, daughter of a newspaper magnate in 1932.
Elements of icons appear in Cecil's work, he was also influenced by many painters, although he denied this; Paul Klee's work may have influenced 'Pastoral' which has a similar composition
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, 'Arts in Art' which runs until 12 September ,there are some Cecil Collins' drawings among lots of other wonderful pieces.