Peregrine Heathcote was the youngest ever student of Heatherly College of Art in London. Aged just 8, he attended holiday classes in printmaking and drawing. On his return to the Berkshire prep school he regaled his fellow class mates with the stories of his holiday experiences. When he saw their faces, his chest filled with bravura as his recounted drawing a beautiful girl on an old mattress. Son of an Antiques dealer specializing in militaria , he was brought up in a house by the Thames crammed fill with uniforms in glass cases , swords, canons and relics from various historic sea and land battles, more like a museum than a home.