Procter, Ernest

(1886 – 1935)

Peronne 3.1.1919

£1,900.00

Signed, dated, inscribed with title

Crayon and gouache on paper

1 in stock

DESCRIPTION

Provenance:
The Artist’s Studio

Between 1916/17 Procter was a member of and official artist for the Friends Ambulance Unit (FAU) in Dunkirk, a voluntary organisation founded by individual members of the British Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), in line with their PeaceTestimony.The FAU operated from 1914-19 and was chiefly staffed by registered conscientious objectors such as Procter . Altogether it sent more than a thousand men to France and Belgium, where they worked on ambulance convoys and ambulance trains with the French and British armies. Procter later served on theWestern Front with two units of the Section Sanitaire Anglaise, at Nieuport Bains and at Verdun. He was appointed Official War Artist for the Ministry of Information from 1918/19

Peronne, in Northern France, is close to where the Battle of the Somme took place.  This watercolour shows the flamboyant Gothic west front of the Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste which by 1917, like most of the town, had been almost entirely destroyed.

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THE ARTIST

Procter, Ernest

1886 – 1935

Painter of decorations, allegorical figure compositions and landscapes. Born 22 May 1886 at Tynemouth, Northumberland. Studied at Newlyn with Stanhope Forbes and at the Atelier Colarossi, Paris. Married the painter Dod Shaw 1912, exhibiting watercolours with her at the Fine Art Society 1913; they also exhibited at the Leicester Galleries. Exhibited with the International Society from 1916, member 1925, and at the R.A. from 1921, A.R.A. 1932; member of the N.E.A.C. 1929. With his wife, assisted by Burmese, Indian and Chinese craftsmen, decorated the Kokine Palace, Rangoon, Burma, for the Honourable Lim Ching Tsong 1920. Helped to decorate the Church of St Hilary, Marazion, Cornwall, and the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Penzance. Experimented with glazed and illuminated decorations which he called ‘diaphenicons’ and exhibited at the Leicester Galleries 1931. Lived mainly at Newlyn, Cornwall. Director of Studies in Design and Craft at the Glasgow School of Art 1934’5. Died 21 October 1935 at North Shields. Memorial exhibitions at the Leicester Galleries and the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, 1936.

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