Liss Llewellyn Fine Art - 20th Century British Art

Charles Cundall (1890-1971)   BIOGRAPHY

Sunderland and Hangar, circa 1940
Framed (ref: 2598)

Signed and inscribed on reverse ‘Sunderland Seaplane, 1940’ (2333)

Thinned oil on tracing paper, 14 x 20 in. (35.5 x 51 cm.)


Provenance:Artist’s wife, Jacqueline Pietersen (studio ref. no. 2333);
Phoenix Gallery, Highgate.

The Short S.25 Sunderland, ‘one of the finest flying-boats in the world’, was a British flying-boat patrol-bomber developed for the Royal Air Force by Short Brothers, first flown on 16 October 1937. Based in part on the S.23 Empire flying boat, the flagship of Imperial Airways, the S.25 was extensively re-engineered for military service. It was one of the most powerful and widely used flying boats throughout the SecondWorldWar , and was involved in countering the threat posed by German U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic.
It took its name from the town of Sunderland in north-east England.

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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