Burra had an extraordinary circle of friends.
In 1921 at the age of 16, Burra enrolled as a student at Chelsea College of Art.
He developed a taste for films, jazz and gossip, and began friendships that would last the rest of his life.
Burra loved travelling, and his first visit to the south of France in 1926 brought him into contact with the coast that inspired much of his work.
Burra's 1937 visit to Mexico to stay with the novelist Malcolm Lowry turned out to be more than he had bargained for.
The Second World War began slowly for Burra, but the phoney hostilities ended abruptly in 1940 with the Battle of Britain being fought in the air directly over his home in Rye.