Keith Vaughan was born in Selsey Bill in Sussex, and was considered one of the best figurative painters working in Britain in the post-war years. He did not attend art school but painted in his spare time whilst working for an advertising agency .in London from 1931-1938. During the war he was a conscientious objector, later serving with the Pioneer Corps and acting as an interpreter for German POWs. Vaughan taught at various London art schools, and became an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1964. The themes of his paintings remained constant throughout his career: the male nude in the landscape, and pure landscape paintings.

Further reading:
Keith Vaughan Retrospective Exhibition, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London 1962 (introduction by David Thompson)
Keith Vaughan, Journals 1939-1977, John Murray (Publishers) Ltd, London 1989