Mid 20th Century
The Cricket Match
Oil on board
Image size: 18 x 24 inches (46 cm x 61 cm)
1879 - 1967
Oil on board, inscribed verso
Image Size: 15 x 19 inches
Contemporary style frame
Roayl Academy Exhibited 1946
Hubert Lindsay Wellington was born in Gloucester, the eldest of two boys. He studied at the School of Art in 1895-1898, then at Birmingham School of Art in 1898-99 and the Slade School of Fine Art in 1899-1900.
His first one man show was held by Agnews in 1963, and Abbott and Holder had a show of his landscape paintings in 1996. He also exhibited at New English Arts Club and the Royal Academy (where this particular painting was shown in 1946 - label verso).
The Tate Gallery holds one of his many early Cotswold scenes and a work is held by Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.
Ernest Borough Johnson
1866 - 1949
Punch and Judy, Hyde Park
Oil on canvas, signed with monogram lower right
Image size: 25 x 30 inches
Ernest Borough Johnson was born in Shifnal, Shropshire in December 1866. He studied at the Slade School under Alphonse Legros.. Not only did he paint in oils and watercolours, but was also an important lithographer, etcher and illustrator. He also learnt under Herkomer's at Bushey, and subsequently became Professor of Fine Art at London University's Bedford College and Chelsea Polytechnic respectively.
He was a teacher of life painting and drawing at London School of Art and the Byam Shaw School. Married to the artist Ester George, by 1917 he lived at Westbourne Gardens, Hyde Park, London.
His work was exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1887 and 1892, and he was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1896 and a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 1906. Also exhibiting at the Paris Salon, Johnson received an Honourable Mention in 1922 and a silver medal in 1923.
They both exhibited in the 1924 Show Day in St Ives, with Johnson showing several fine oils, charcoals and pencil studies. According to the St Ives Times, one was 'a busy scene on the Wharf in the fishing season, with girls packing the fish, and a cart loaded with barrels on its way.'
He also showed a portrait of Mr MATSUBAYASHI in Samurai costume, with a bright red background.
By the 1930s he was distinguished as a writer on techniques of drawing.
Philip Campbell Curtis
American 1907 - 2000
Oil on board, signed and dated 1960
Image size: 12 ½ x 5 ½ inches
In 1932 he began formal training at the Yale School of Fine Arts, where he got a four-year degree. As part of the Yale curriculum Curtis spent his last college years in New York and began working for the Works Progress Administration project. He was initially employed in the murals division of the WPA, then was sent to Phoenix, Arizona where he founded and served as Director of the Phoenix Art Center, predecessor of the Phoenix Art Museum.
Flourished 1940 - 1960
Oil on canvas, signed verso and inscribed
Image size: 32 x 49 inches
Caroline Hutchinson was a member of the Sunderland Art Club and painted views of the area, portraits and still lifes.
1894 - 1955
Barford St Martin
Oil on board, signed lower left
Image size: 19 ½ x 25 ½ inches
Eric Pitt Brown was born in 1894 in Salisbury. His father was William Lewis Brown 1864-1922, who became a "portrait painter and artist" around 1906, having previously run a builders' merchant business.
Eric had an older sister, Dorothy, also an artist (especially watercolours) and a younger brother, Bernard, who became a successful architect in Salisbury.He also had a daughter, Zoë Napier Brown 1926-2011, who was a good painter though she worked in the field of social services.
Eric Brown always painted in oil views of his local Salisbury; the works have a innocence about them. That captures the English countryside perfectly.
Edward Bawden CBE RA
THE WOOD IN THE DEER PARK, DARTINGTON HALL
Watercolour and ink, signed lower right
Image size: 25 x 19 ½ inches
Acid free mount and silver frame
London, Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition, 1979, no. 926
The Fine Art Society, London
Edward Bawden CBE RA (1903-1989) was a British painter, illustrator and graphic artist – training under Paul Nash in the 1920s. His first one man show was in 1933.
During the Second World War, Edward Bawden served as one of the Official War Artist for Britain. He made many evocative watercolor paintings recording the war effort in Europe and the Middle East. He was also famous for his prints, book covers, posters and garden metalwork furniture.
1924 - 2015
Crews Training at Hammersmith
Image size: 22 x 30 inches (56 x 76 cms)
Alfred Daniels was born in London̛̛s East End in 1924. In the late 1940̛̛s he studied at the Royal College of Art, London.
As a young graduate he toured Florence, Venice, Ravenna and Siena where he was deeply impressed by the Italian Primitives. His award winning murals (1952-54) at Hammersmith Town Hall depicting life on the Thames are regarded as a modern classic.
An example of his early painting rightly compared to the work of the great American artist Ben Shahn, was included in a recent survey of 1950̛̛s British paintings at London̛̛s Barbican Centre.
He was elected a member of The Royal Watercolour Society in 1973, The Royal Society of British Artists in 1983 and elected Keeper of The Royal Society in 1991.
Watercolour with bodycolour
Image size: 9 ½ x 7 inches (25 x 18 cm)
This artwork was used on the front cover of the book "Tunnicliffe 's Countryside", which accompanies the picture.
Charles Tunnicliffe’s upbringing on a small farm in Cheshire instilled in him a deep appreciation of nature and the countryside. As a youth he spent hours sketching all aspects of farm life. His prodigious talent was quickly recognised and resulted in a scholarship to the local Macclesfield School of Art and later, to the Royal College in London. Here he studied etching under Sir Frank Short and Malcolm Osborne.
In 1928 Tunnicliffe returned to Cheshire with his soon-to-be wife, Winifred. It was she who, in 1929, encouraged him to submit some trial illustrations to the publishers of Henry Williamson’s masterpiece, Tarka the Otter. The wood engravings he produced were met with huge enthusiasm and their success led to further commissions to illustrate Williamson’s texts and well over one hundred other books over the subsequent decades.
The decline in sales of etchings in the late 1920s and the success of Tarka drove Tunnicliffe ever more towards wood engraving as a graphic medium. He had adapted to it very quickly and the speed and proficiency with which he engraved his blocks were quite remarkable. He told the publishers of A Book of Birds (1937) that he expected to complete between seventy and eighty engravings within three months! His large independent prints, those included in the Memorial Portfolios, were produced between 1934 and the mid-1950s.
By the time Tunnicliffe was elected a full member of the Royal Academy in 1954 he had become recognised as one of the foremost wildlife artists of the twentieth century. He was awarded the OBE in 1978, shortly before his death the following year.
1906 - 1986
Oil on canvas
Image size: 17 x 21 inches
David Mead was born in London but moved to Whitstable in Kent in 1910, at the age of four. Here he had the good fortune to reside next door to the famous landscape painter Daniel Sherrin, from whom he received guidance and encouragement with his painting. His first watercolours were sold when he was only 12.
He continued to paint and study painting, but it was only after his service in the Air Ministry during WWII that he became a full time artist, painting landscapes in oils, predominately featuring trees and quiet pools. He excelled at painting trees.
He was made a Fellow on the Central Institute of Art & Design in 1946. He founded the Medway Art Society and served as its President for four years. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and one of his paintings is in Horsham Museum.A large proportion of his paintings are now in private collections.
Josephine Ghilchik (nee Duddle)
1890 - 1981
A Seaside Town
Oil on canvas, signed lower right
Image size: 16 x 19.5 inches
Josephine Matley Duddle Ghilchik (1890-1981) was the daughter of James Duddle, a musician and teacher of Lancashire, England, and Ellen, his wife.
Josephine studied at the Municipal School of Art, Manchester, England. In 1915, she married the artist and cartoonist, David Louis Ghilchik, who had been her fellow student. Ghilchik was born in 1892 in Botosani, Romania, but had emigrated to Lancashire with his family.
The Ghilchiks resided in and around London. David Ghilchik died in London, England in 1972. At the age of 90, Josephine emigrated to Australia to be with her daughter, Sybil O'Donoghue (an opera singer), and grand-children. She died the following year.
Yellow Iris with Forget Me Nots
Oil on board
Image size: 16 x 9 inches
Carolyn Sergeant studied at Wimbledon School of Art from 1955 to 1959 and at the Royal Academy Schools from 1959 to 1962, where she was a silver medallist. She met her future husband, John Sergeant, at the Royal Academy.
She exhibited all over the United Kingdom, in both solo and mixed shows. In 2003 she held a solo exhibition at the Fine Art Society in London.