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Kenneth Rowntree (1915-1997)

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Painter, illustrator, artist in collage and murals, draughtsman and teacher, born in Scarborough, Yorkshire. He studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford, under Albert Rutherston, 1934–35, and at the Slade under Randolph Schwabe. During World War II he participated in the Pilgrim Trust Recording Britain project and was an Official War Artist. He had his first one-man exhibition at Leicester Galleries in 1946; other one-man shows followed at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Zwemmer Gallery, New Art Centre, and the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, with a retrospective at Hatton Gallery there in 1980. In 1949 he became a tutor at RCA, a post he held until 1958. In 1959 he became Professor of Fine Arts, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, succeeding Lawrence Gowing; he held the position until 1980. In 1992 a touring retrospective was organinsed, starting in Newtown. Group shows included NEAC, AIA and RSW. He became a member of the Society of Mural Painters in 1943, taught mural painting at the Royal College of Art for 10 years from 1948, and received a Ford Foundation Grant to visit America in 1959. In 1948 he illustrated A Prospect of Wales. Murals completed include those for Barclay School, Stevenage, 1946, RMS Orsova and Iberia, 1954, and the British Pavilion at Brussels International Exhibition in 1958. In 1951 he painted murals for the Lion and Unicorn Pavilion at the Festival of Britain. Tate, Victoria & Albert Museum and WAC are among many public owners of his work. Rowntree’s pictures reflect the genial and witty nature of the artist, usually being landscapes and townscapes in which the elements have a toy-like neatness and familiar notations are employed. In the post-war years he also painted a considerable number of abstract (and semi-abstract) works. His work is sometimes signed with just his initials. He lived at Corbridge, Northumberland.

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Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Study of windows and terraced houses
Kenneth Rowntree
Study of windows and terraced houses  For sale
£300
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Flint Wall & Coffee Pot at Furlongs, 1940s
Kenneth Rowntree
Flint Wall & Coffee Pot at Furlongs  For sale 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Nocturne, 1988
Kenneth Rowntree
Nocturne, 1988  For sale
£1980
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Mountains - Umbria, 1974
Kenneth Rowntree
Mountains - Umbria, 1974  For sale
£2750
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Phillobari
Kenneth Rowntree
Phillobari  For sale
£2350
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Dynamic Landscape - Acomb, 1987
Kenneth Rowntree
Dynamic Landscape - Acomb, 1987  For sale
£3250
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Italian Landscape with chair - view from the Newbys House Castagni, circa 1970
Kenneth Rowntree
Italian Landscape with chair - view...  For sale
£8800
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Wadham College Barge
Kenneth Rowntree
Wadham College Barge  For sale 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Battle of Crecy I, circa 1970
Kenneth Rowntree
Battle of Crecy I, circa 1970  For sale
£4130
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Three Figures
Kenneth Rowntree
Three Figures  For sale
£9350
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Di Venezia, 1960s
Kenneth Rowntree
Di Venezia, 1960s  For sale
£9350
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: West Front, Durham, 1976
Kenneth Rowntree
West Front, Durham, 1976  For sale
£720
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Sunset at St Germain, c. 1940
Kenneth Rowntree
Sunset at St Germain, c. 1940  For sale
£7430
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: St John’s College Barge on the Isis at Oxford, c. 1955
Kenneth Rowntree
St John’s College Barge on the...  For sale
£9350
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Tractor in Landscape, 1945
Kenneth Rowntree
Tractor in Landscape, 1945  For sale
£470
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Ballymoss winning the George V Stakes
Kenneth Rowntree
Ballymoss winning the George V Stakes  For sale
£900
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Winter Garden Acomb
Kenneth Rowntree
Winter Garden Acomb  For sale
£9900
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Landscape Catalogue III, 1972
Kenneth Rowntree
Landscape Catalogue III, 1972  For sale
£5500
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Putney Garden, 1960s
Kenneth Rowntree
Putney Garden, 1960s  For sale
£10450
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Poster for the Kenneth Rowntree retrospective at the Hatton Gallery, 1980
Kenneth Rowntree
Poster for the Kenneth Rowntree...  For sale
£440
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: The Original design for Homage to Verlaine (Chanson d’Autome), 1984
Kenneth Rowntree
The Original design for Homage to...  For sale
£2420
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Homage to Verlaine (Chanson d’Autome), 1984
Kenneth Rowntree
Homage to Verlaine (Chanson d’Autome)  For sale
£2900
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Homage to Verlaine (Chanson d’Autome), 1984
Kenneth Rowntree
Homage to Verlaine (Chanson d’Autome)  For sale
£720
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: An Oxford College Barge on the Isis, c. 1955
Kenneth Rowntree
An Oxford College Barge on the Isis  For sale
£1930
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: R.C. Pashler, Bakers and Confectioners, Clare, Suffolk
Kenneth Rowntree
R.C. Pashler  For sale
£950
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Greek landscape with postmark
Kenneth Rowntree
Greek landscape with postmark  For sale
£950
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Night and Day I, 1988
Kenneth Rowntree
Night and Day I, 1988  For sale
£8250
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Sky, Sea, North Umber, 1981
Kenneth Rowntree
Sky, Sea, North Umber, 1981  For sale
£4400
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Falling Rain with Raised Flag
Kenneth Rowntree
Falling Rain with Raised Flag  For sale
£9350
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Shapes in Movement II, 1958
Kenneth Rowntree
Shapes in Movement II, 1958  For sale
£7500
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Preview of the Spring Salons, c.1950
Kenneth Rowntree
Preview of the Spring Salons, c.1950  For sale 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Autumn Tweeds, 1949
Kenneth Rowntree
Autumn Tweeds, 1949  For sale 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: The British Restaurant at Acton, Middlesex, 1942
Kenneth Rowntree
The British Restaurant at Acton  For sale 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Abstract on Greek Newspaper, 1960s
Kenneth Rowntree
Abstract on Greek Newspaper, 1960's  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Vatican
Kenneth Rowntree
Vatican  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Simpkins Cottage, Great Bardfield, late 1930s
Kenneth Rowntree
Simpkins Cottage  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Portrait of Sasha, aged four 1951
Kenneth Rowntree
Portrait of Sasha, aged four 1951  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: View from Putney studio, circa 1950
Kenneth Rowntree
View from Putney studio, circa 1950  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: The Artists daughter, 1949
Kenneth Rowntree
The Artist's daughter, 1949  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Levisham drawing
Kenneth Rowntree
Levisham drawing  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Lamplight, 1945
Kenneth Rowntree
Lamplight, 1945  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Morning Garden
Kenneth Rowntree
Morning Garden  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: View from the Studio (Putney), c. 1959
Kenneth Rowntree
View from the Studio (Putney), c. 1959  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Findochty, 1981
Kenneth Rowntree
Findochty, 1981  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Corner of a Studio, 1960s
Kenneth Rowntree
Corner of a Studio, 1960s  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Northumberland Barns, 1978
Kenneth Rowntree
Northumberland Barns, 1978  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: The Schoolroom, 1940s
Kenneth Rowntree
The Schoolroom, 1940s  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Still life with Water Jug at Levisham, 1950s
Kenneth Rowntree
Still life with Water Jug at Levisham  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Train Signal at Clare, Suffolk, 1940s
Kenneth Rowntree
Train Signal at Clare, Suffolk, 1940s  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Promenade by the Cliffs
Kenneth Rowntree
Promenade by the Cliffs  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: The Duke’s Head, Farnham Royal, 1940s
Kenneth Rowntree
The Duke’s Head  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Design for wallpaper Putney House combining wood engravings by Ravilious and Thomas Bewick
Kenneth Rowntree
Design for wallpaper Putney House ...  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: A pair of Hand-Decorated Ceramic Jugs
Kenneth Rowntree
A pair of Hand-Decorated Ceramic Jugs  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Alphabet Fabric
Kenneth Rowntree
Alphabet Fabric  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: An Essex Lane, 1940s
Kenneth Rowntree
An Essex Lane, 1940s  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Breton Morning, 1965
Kenneth Rowntree
Breton Morning, 1965  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Four Square 2
Kenneth Rowntree
Four Square 2  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Hayricks
Kenneth Rowntree
Hayricks  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Abstract Landscape, Acomb, 1975
Kenneth Rowntree
Abstract Landscape, Acomb, 1975  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Woodstacks at Da Preggio, Umbria
Kenneth Rowntree
Woodstacks at Da Preggio, Umbria  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: The Harbour Masters Yard at Cowes, 1947
Kenneth Rowntree
The Harbour Masters Yard at Cowes, 1947  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Studio Window, Greece, 1960s
Kenneth Rowntree
Studio Window, Greece, 1960s  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Greek Orthodox Church, 1960s
Kenneth Rowntree
Greek Orthodox Church, 1960's  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Motel, c. 1950s
Kenneth Rowntree
Motel, c. 1950s  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Coronation Fireworks, c.1953
Kenneth Rowntree
Coronation Fireworks, c.1953  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Landscape with a Garden Ornament, 1948
Kenneth Rowntree
Landscape with a Garden Ornament, 1948  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Water Towers, Georgia, 1959
Kenneth Rowntree
Water Towers, Georgia, 1959  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: A Family in their Garden near the White Cliffs, 1950s
Kenneth Rowntree
A Family in their Garden near the...  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Landscape with threshiing machine
Kenneth Rowntree
Landscape with threshiing machine  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Sasha skiing in Austria, 1955
Kenneth Rowntree
Sasha skiing in Austria, 1955  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Village scene with pollarded trees
Kenneth Rowntree
Village scene with pollarded trees  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Tram Stop and Townscape, Normandy
Kenneth Rowntree
Tram Stop and Townscape, Normandy  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Putney Bridge Night Scene
Kenneth Rowntree
Putney Bridge Night Scene  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: The Cerne Abbas Giant, Dorset
Kenneth Rowntree
The Cerne Abbas Giant, Dorset  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Putney Bridge Nightpiece, 1967
Kenneth Rowntree
Putney Bridge Nightpiece, 1967  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Four Square
Kenneth Rowntree
Four Square  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Pythagoras I, 1970
Kenneth Rowntree
Pythagoras I, 1970  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Pythagoras IiI, circa 1960
Kenneth Rowntree
Pythagoras IiI, circa 1960  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: Pythagoras II, circa 1960
Kenneth Rowntree
Pythagoras II, circa 1960  Sold 
Artist Kenneth Rowntree: View through open window, 1944
Kenneth Rowntree
View through open window, 1944  Sold