Murals & Decorative Painting 1920-1960

This book is illustrated with a series of specially commissioned photographs that record some of the least known but most remarkable mural cycles in Great Britain. In the vast majority of cases these works have previously only been reproduced in black and white if at all. Today murals are rarely seen as the artist intended. Often they are partially obscured, especially where there has been a change of building use. Frequently works are completely covered up or painted over examples include murals by Mary Sargent Florence, Mary Adshead, Eric Ravilious, Dora Carrington, William Roberts and Gilbert Spencer. Where murals survive they are more often than not displaced works. Historic photographs showing John Piperís The Englishmanís Home at The Festival of Britain, in situ on the river side of the Homes and Gardens Pavilion on Belvedere Road, come as a revelation; a digital reconstruction of Frank Brangwynís Empire panels for The House of Lords, seen in situ as they were originally intended, gives a dramatically more favourable impression than their final installation in The Brangwyn Hall, Swansea.

Works Featured in this catalogue

The Birthday Party, circa 1957

Mahoney, Charles

Design for the wall above the altar at Campion Hall, Two Angels Overlooking a Garden

Mahoney, Charles

Design for the altar wall, Annunciation in an allotment, circa 1942

Mahoney, Charles

Study of a cherub, for Campion Hall, early 1940’s

Mahoney, Charles

Study of a grumpy cherub, for Campion Hall, early 1940’s

Mahoney, Charles

Study for Fortune & the Boy at the Well, mural at Brockley County School, 1933

Mahoney, Charles

Study for Joy and Sorrow, mural at Brockley County School, 1933

Mahoney, Charles

Design for the altar wall, Annunciation in an Allotment, partially coloured, circa 1942

Mahoney, Charles

Study for The Birth of the Virgin, c. 1942

Mahoney, Charles

Study for The Fifth Station, The Cross is laid upon Simon of Cyrene, circa 1960

Monnington, Sir Thomas

Design for Students Union, University of London, circa 1969

Monnington, Sir Thomas

The Heart of the Empire: Our Finest Hour, 1940

Barry, Claude Francis

Functions of Combat; Service of Supply, circa 1945

Cornwell, Dean

Design for the ceiling of the Mary Harris Memorial Chapel, (pale ground) University of Exeter, 1956

Monnington, Sir Thomas

Study for the Central Group of Allegory, c. 1929

Lewis, Stanley

Study for the Committee Room of the London Bankers Clearing House, 1958

Clark, Jean

Compositional study for The pleasures of Life at Morley College, 1928-30

Mahoney, Charles

Study for Man the Master 1930-1934

Brangwyn, Frank

Study for Man the Creator, circa 1932

Brangwyn, Frank

The Emblems of the Virgin, design for Campion Hall altarpiece, circa 1941

Mahoney, Charles

Boxing match, circa 1930

Kemp, Arthur

Hypnos, 1928

Halliday, Edward

Mural design for The Good Intent – Dr Johnson with the Chelsea China Factory, 1935

Halliday, Edward

Mural design for The Good Intent with Carlyle, Whistler and Stunners, Cremorne Gardens, 1935

Halliday, Edward

Mural design forThe Good IntentCremorne Gardens, 1935

Halliday, Edward

Study for Fugue, 1953

Stephenson, John Cecil

Study for the Sleeve of Thomas More, 1932

Mahoney, Charles

The Englishman’s Home, 1951

Piper, John

Study for Mans Ultimate Destiny, c. 1932

Brangwyn, Frank

The Legend of Ceres, c. 1938-39

Newland, Anne

Three Muses, 1968

Reinganum, Victor

Scenes from the Life of Christ: Preaching the Gospel, mid-1920s

Adshead, Mary

Farmers ploughing, Study for The World’s Food mural, c. 1942

Adshead, Mary

Study for Venice Biennale Murals 1905

Brangwyn, Frank

Studies for Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton, Surrey, 1961

Armstrong, John

Suggested Decoration for The Pleasures of Living mural, Shell Centre, circa 1961

Armstrong, John

Suggested Design forThe Pleasure of Living mural at Shell Centre, circa 1961

Armstrong, John

Out in the Hall, 1960

Jones, Barbara

The English Pub, 1949 -1951

Bawden, Edward

Study for The Clock and The Dial, mural at Brockley County School (now Prendergast – Hilly Fields School) 1935

Mahoney, Charles

The Printed Word Makes the People of the World One, mural for the entrance hall of Odham Press, London, 1935-36

Brangwyn, Frank

Nursery Designs

Adshead, Mary

Study for The Four Winds of Hilly Fields, ceiling design for Brockley County School, c. 1932-36

Mahoney, Charles

Garison Lane Nursery Training School, circa 1930

Adshead, Mary

First design for the Thomas More Altar, Cheyne Row, London, mid 1930s

Mahoney, Charles

Suggested Design for The Pleasure of Living, Shell Centre London Circa 1961

Armstrong, John

Working photomontage for Man’s Ultimate Destiny, Rockefeller, 1933

Brangwyn, Frank

The British Restaurant at Acton, Middlesex, 1942

Rowntree, Kenneth

Physical Education, Reading & Discussion and Woodwork & Metalwork, early 1950s

Soukop, Willi

Autumn and the Poet, 1948-1960

Dunbar, Evelyn

Man at WorkA Century of Technical and Social Progress, 1961

Jones, Barbara

Porthmeor Mural, 1962

Lanyon, Peter

Study for Morley College Mural, 1928

Mahoney, Charles

Study for Morley College Mural

Mahoney, Charles

Study for The Nelson Bar, HMS Campania, 1951

Sorrell, Alan

Mural I for the canteen of John D. Francis Ltd, Fazakerley, Liverpool, 1947

Sorrell, Alan

Study for Boats and lobster baskets, Mural Design for a school in Birmingham, circa 1950
Lunette design for a school mural, 1930’s

Adshead, Mary

Study for a mural design, circa 1920

Rhoades, Geoffrey Hamilton

Study for Man at Work – a century of technical and social progress, 1961

Jones, Barbara