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Charles Cundall (1890-1971)   BIOGRAPHY

St Paulís and London from the Thames, during the Blitz, 1943
Framed (ref: 2608)

Signed and dated; stamped on the reverse with studio stamp

Oil on canvas, 15 1/4 x 21 1/4 in. (38.5 x 54 cm)


Literature: Charles Cundall - A Working Method, Edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, published by Liss Llewellyn Fine Art, February 2016.

St Paulís Cathedral became an inspiration to the British people during the SecondWorldWar .The general population was subjected to the might of the German airforceís Blitzkrieg attack on major cities across the UK.Throughout the Blitz, St Paulís miraculously escaped major bomb damage, whilst buildings in the surrounding areas were reduced to rubble. Images of St Paulís framed by the smoke and fire became a symbol of the nationís indomitable spirit. In 1945 services at St Paulís,marking the end of the war in Europe, were attended by 35,000 people.

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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