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Charles Cundall (1890-1971)   BIOGRAPHY

In the Bay, 1947
Framed (ref: 1664)

Inscribed on the reverse (in another hand), ‘on board an aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy, 1941’
Oil on card, 10 3/4 x 14 7/8 in. (27.2 x 37.9 cm.)


Provenance:Artist’s wife, Jacqueline Pietersen (studio ref. no. 2339); Phoenix Gallery, Highgate
Literature: The Public Catalogue Foundation, ImperialWar Museum, London, 2006, p. 59.

Painting of the battleship Vanquard from the aircraft carrier "Implacable".

The Second World War saw the first large-scale use and further refinement of
aircraft carriers – warships designed with the primary mission of deploying and recovering aircraft, which acted as a sea-going airbas

Charles Cundall (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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