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Malmsbury Abbey by Charles Cundall Oil On Canvass
1890 to 1971 England
Offered by Hares Antiques
30" x 20" canvass
33" x 23" frame
Charles Ernest Cundall, (6 September 1890- 4 November 1971), was an English painter of topographical subjects and townscapes, best known for his large panoramic canvases. His range of work included some wonderful art deco looking posters for the London Underground in the 1920s.
Cundall was born in Stretford, Lancashire. After working as a designer of pottery and stained glass for Pilkington's Lancastrian Pottery & Tiles under Gordon Forsyth, Cundall studied at Manchester School of Art, obtaining a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, RCA, in 1912. Whilst serving with the Royal Fusiliers in World War I, he was wounded in the right arm and had to learn to paint with his left arm before he returned to the RCA in 1918. From 1919 to 1920 he attended the Slade School of Art, and then continued his studies in Paris. Cundall traveled widely throughout Italy in 1921 and 1923 and also journeyed to Sweden, Russia and Spain. He held his first solo show at Colnaghi's in 1927 and became known for his panoramic pictures, such as Bank Holiday Brighton (1933), now in the Tate Gallery.
At the start of World War II, Cundall worked on short-term contracts for the War Artists' Advisory Committee before being given a full-time salaried commission as an Admiralty artist to work on Merchant Navy subjects. Cundall spent time on the Thames, the Medway and in the West Country working on this commission before, in 1941 he was assigned to the Air Ministry. He completed his Admiralty canvases whilst starting work on Bomber Command and Coastal Command subjects. He spent the first half of 1942 in Northern Ireland painting the American troops arriving there and worked in Scotland in September and October of that year. Cundall painted RAF subjects throughout Britain, worked on a major painting of the commemoration ceremony of the Battle of Britain for several months in 1943 and visited Quebec in 1944. At the end of the war, King George VI purchased two of Cundalls paintings showing war-time activities in Windsor Great Park.
Cundall was a member of the New English Art Club, the Royal Watercolour Society, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and other bodies. Cundall was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy and was elected a member in 1944. His was married to the artist Jacqueline Pietersen.
Works by Charles Cundall are held in the Imperial War Museum, the RAF Museum, the Southampton City Art Gallery, the London Transport Museum and several other collections in Britain.
|Height||20.00 inch||(50.80 cm)|
|Width||30.00 inch||(76.20 cm)|
|Depth||1.00 inch||(2.54 cm)|
|External Height||23.00 inch||(58.42 cm)|
|External Width||33.00 inch||(83.82 cm)|
|External Depth||2.00 inch||(5.08 cm)|
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