Liss Llewellyn Fine Art - 20th Century British Art

Charles Cundall (1890-1971)   BIOGRAPHY

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Figures in front of the Garibaldi monument, Rome, circa 1922
Unmounted (ref: 6343)
12 1/4 x 18 in. (31 x 46 cm)


Cundall traveled extensively in Italy. In 1922 he made a painting trip accompanied by his friend the artist Henry Rushbury.  In an unpublished account Rushbury recalled that whilst working in Orvieto it became clear that the strife between Fascists and Communists was coming to a head.  'The two sides were marching about the ancient city in explosive mmod.  "One morning" says Rusbury, "there was such a great commotion that we decided to leave for Rome.  We arrived at the railway station, loaded with our painting gear, to find Fascist youth in possession.  They received us with shouts of welcome and we were bundled into a carriage.  The 'march' on Rome had begun!"

The equestrian monument dedicated to Giuseppe Garibaldi,  on the  Piazza Garibaldi, Rome,  consists of a bronze statue  on a  marble base. Cundall's view, possible done rom memory, appears to have taken certain liberties with the equestrian group. During the Fascist era the monument was altered to include symbols of the new regime.

The Garibaldi monument in Rome

As well as visiting Rome and Orvietto Cundall spent time in the village of Anticoli Corardo, a hill-top artist's community south of Rome.

We are grateful to Michael Barker for assistance.

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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