Cundall, Charles

(1890 – 1971)

H.M.S. Cyclops, Portsmouth

£6,800.00

Watercolour

1 in stock

DESCRIPTION

Provenance:
Private Collection

At the start of World War II, Cundall worked for the War Artists’ Advisory Committee and latterly as an Admiralty artist focusing on the work of the Merchant Navy: a timely subject that had been urged on the Admiralty by the Chamber of Shipping the previous Spring.

This watercolour relates to a painting in the National Maritime Museum, entitled ‘On Board a Minesweeper‘. 

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THE ARTIST

Cundall, Charles

1890 – 1971

Painter, potter and stained glass artist, born in Stratford, Lancashire. After working as a designer for Pilkington’s Pottery Company under Gordon Forsyth, Cundall studied at Manchester School of Art, obtaining a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, 1912. After World War I army service he returned to the Royal College in 1918, then from 1919 to 1920 attended the Slade, and furthered his studies in Paris. Cundall traveled widely in several continents and became noted for his panoramic pictures, such as Bank Holiday Brighton, in the Tate Gallery (accession no. NO4700). He was a member of NEAC, RP, RWS and other bodies and was a prolific RA exhibitor. He had first solo show at Colnaghi 1927. He was an Official War Artist in World War II, during which time he was sent to Quebec (1944). In the same year he was elected RA. His wife was the artist Jacqueline Pietersen.

His technical facility – especially when working on large panoramic canvases – was remarkable. His pictures are rich with texture, light and movement. He was equally at ease with aerial views, landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes, and was a master of crowd scenes. His work as an Official War Artist has never received the attention it merits.

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Falmouth Harbour from the Town Quay, 1940
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Dieppe with Figures on the Quayside and Boats Moored, circa 1930
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Study for the Central Cricket & Recreation Ground, Hastings, c.1952
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Study for Laying the Commemoration Stones of the new Minicipal BuildingsBristol, 1939
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Study for Coastal Operational Training Unit (Limavady, Northern Ireland), circa 1942
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