London-born Prunella Clough (1919-99) was known for her exploration of urban life, particularly of the working classes. Her relationship with abstraction grew stronger as she grew older, and her sombre palette and stylized imagery made a sincere, engaging and invaluable contribution to twentieth-century British painting, drawing, collage and printmaking.
Shortly before her death in 1999 she was awarded the Jerwood painting prize. In 2007 Tate Britain staged an exhibition of her figurative works from the 1940s and '50s, alongside a selection of her later abstract work.
The Serpentine exhibition of 1976 concentrated on Clough’s most recent pieces with thirty works displayed from the previous five years.