• Christopher Hughes (1881-1961) Siena

    Pencil drawing c.1930s 35.5x22cm Born in St Albans, in Hertfordshire UK, Hughes was a painter, illustrator, printmaker and teacher. He served in the First World War in the 7th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment being awarded a Military Cross in the 1917 New Years Honours List and attaining the rank of Colonel. Subsequently he taught art at Marlborough College. He was taught painting by his father, Wyndham Hughes, who was an expert in stained glass and ecclesiastical decoration. This is from a series of drawings we have of an Italian trip made by Hughes during the 1930s; to see some others, scroll down to "More from this Seller" and below it click on "See all from this seller." If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056. Condition: Good.
  • Leslie Porter (British, 1903-1977) 'Still Life with Pears'

    Oil on board Signed and dated 1950 16 x 21cm Leslie was born in 1903. He trained at art school (Camberwell I recall) and had an interesting and varied career in marketing and advertising, culminating at one of the UK's largest advertising Agencies, LPE, (later Leo Burnett) where he was a board director and creative director until his retirement in the late '60s. During that time and after his retirement he was a frequent traveller to France where he produced a raft of oil paintings, sketches and pastels observing local people and the lives they led. Also many paintings of buildings and the mostly urban environment both abroad and in this country. One of his early jobs was with London Transport where he produced posters and other publicity material, some of which is in the V&A - you can see a couple online with a bit of an online search. His work was displayed at several exhibitions in London and he was awarded prizes for his oil paintings in France. After his retirement he moved to the coast at Folkestone where he continued to paint - subjects and buildings around the town, festivals, people and occasional visits across the Channel to France. He was married but later divorced and lived with his partner Dorothy until his death in Folkestone in 1977. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056. Condition: Excellent. In a hand-finished oak frame.
  • Edwin La Dell (1914-1970) King's College from the Copper Kettle, Cambridge

    Signed in pencil and titled 32x48cm A copy of this print is in the Government Art Collection. Lithograph Born in Coventry, La Dell's father was a Sheffield-born bookbinder. After study at Sheffield School of Art, he was the winner of a scholarship to the Royal College of Art where the head of print making was John Nash (from 1934 to 1940). La Dell became head of lithography there from 1948 until his death. During the war he was an official war artist and a camofleur, but he is probably best known for his lithographs of Oxford and Cambridge that he published himself, together with those he published for the School Prints scheme and Lyons Tea Rooms. His works are widely held in the public collections, including the Royal Academy and the Government Art Collection, the latter having a copy of this print. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056. Condition: In conservation mount, some age toning to print as visible in photograph.
  • Oliver Hall R.A., R.E., R.W.S. (1869-1957) Boat House, Windermere, Lake District, UK

    26x37cm Pencil drawing Provenance: Martin Muncaster, the artist's grandson Inscribed to reverse in pen by Claude or Martin Muncaster Hall was landscape painter in oil and watercolour with a fondness for both Spanish and rugged moorland as subjects. Having studied at the RCA between 1887-90 he attended evening classes at Westminster and Lambeth Schools of Art. Travelling extensively in Spain, France and Italy he began exhibiting etchings at the RA in 1890. Originally from Pulborough he moved in later life to Ulverston, Lancashire. His son was Claude Muncaster. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056. Condition: Good.
  • Clifford Ellis (1907-1985) Hens by a chicken shed at Corsham Court

    Watercolour 37x56cm Provenance: the family of the artist, by descent. Here Ellis paints the hens at Corsham Court together with their chicken shed. Born in Bognor in Sussex and trained at St Martin’s School of Art and Regent Street Polytechnic, Ellis was a graphic artist and illustrator who is best known for the posters he produced for London Transport during the 1930s. He generally collaborated with his wife Rosemary – whom he married in 1931 – on their posters. The General Post Office, Shell, and The Empire Marketing Board were also clients for their posters. They signed their posters C&RE, their initials being in alphabetical order and they are readily recognisable by their ebullient use of colour and form. Employed during the war as a camoufleur, along with so many other artists, Clifford was also an official war artist, serving with the Grenadier Guards. Rosemary, meanwhile, was an artist for the Recording Britain project. Following the war they trained art teachers at Bath Academy of Art. They also designed a series of nearly one hundred book jackets for Collins New Naturalist series, published between 1945 and 1982. Clifford Ellis studied illustration at the Regent Street Polytechnic, an institution that specialised in ’practical trade classes’, from 1924-27. He went on to design book covers (notably for Collins’ ‘New Naturalist’ series) and posters for London Transport, the General Post Office, Shell-Mex, the Empire Marketing Board and J. Lyons & Co., along with his wife, Rosemary Ellis, whom he married in 1931 while he was teaching at the Polytechnic. The couple’s poster designs combine striking colour with bold typography and depict stylised scenes of the countryside, birds and animals. In the 1930s London Transport commissioned over forty posters a year from well-known artists such as Laura Knight, CRW Nevinson, Edward Wadsworth, Eric Ravilious, Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland and Edward McKnight Kauffer – a bold policy that did much to popularise avant-garde artistic styles that stemmed from Cubism, Futurism and Abstraction. Such an influence is clear in the Ellises poster ‘It’s better to shop early’ (above, 1935) in which arms, hands and parcels are disjointed and angular with the text on a slant, like the collaged newsprint insertions of synthetic Cubism. This strong foundation in graphic art clearly influenced his approach to composition for the rest of his career. Even his later abstract work, though tonally subtle, is based on a simple but powerful linear design. ‘The Coming of the Ice Age’, a series of watercolour and crayon studies (one large finished canvas, ‘Advance of an Ice Age’, exists in the collection of Derbyshire and Derby School Library Services) reduces natural forms to simplified shapes and colour planes, though retaining the texture of brushstrokes and crayon. The Ellises visited the Devon coastal town of Teignmouth to carry out a commission for Lyons for a lithograph in 1947, and the rocky bay with its whitewashed buildings and sailboats (below) caught Clifford’s imagination. He painted numerous preparatory watercolour views for the lithograph, while both the grey-blue colour palette as well as the pleasing repetitive geometry of sails reflected on water might be discerned in later abstract works. During the Second World War Ellis served as a camouflage artist and official war artist with the Grenadier Guards. Roland Penrose was another British artist who worked in this area and wrote ‘The Home Guard Manual of Camouflage’ which effectively adapted modern painting techniques for use in warfare. The tonal colour range of many of Ellis’s post-war paintings and the abstract network of shapes – for instance the pale blue patchwork ‘glacier’ in the ‘Coming of the Ice Age III’ (below) – seem to hark back to the art of the modernist camoufleur. Ellis played another important role during the war, painting and drawing scenes of Bath for the Recording Britain project. This project was conceived by Kenneth Clark, then Director of the National Gallery, alongside the official War Artists scheme; its aim was to document Britain’s landscape and architectural heritage in the face of the imminent threat of invasion and bomb damage. It also had a propaganda motive; the resulting works were exhibited during the war and aimed to boost the nation’s morale (they are now in the collection of the V&A). The paintings were predominantly in watercolour, a traditional British medium that Clark was keen to promote and felt would complement the subject matter. Two of Ellis’ pupils, discussing his watercolour sketch of VE Day in Bath, recall him as quietly observant but also someone who enjoyed life; the painting is spontaneous and full of the movement of dancing figures and waving flags. In particular, Ellis was commissioned to depict examples of Bath’s decorative architectural ironwork before it was removed to help the war effort and he also recorded the effects of bombing raids on the city. Meanwhile Ellis had joined the staff of the Bath School of Art (or Bath Technical College). Its temporary residence was destroyed by bombs in 1942 and Walter Sickert’s house at Bathampton offered as a refuge (Sickert, who had taught at the School, died in January 1942). After the war the School began its transformation into the Bath Academy of Art based at Corsham Court, of which Ellis was the Head from 1937-72, training art teachers and developing a pioneering new syllabus. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056. Condition: Excellent. In a conservation mount.
  • Julian Trevelyan (1910-1988) The Lock Keeper's Cottage

    Lithograph, 1975 Printed by Curwen Studios 51x38cm (plus margins) Nephew of the historian G M Trevelyan he was educated at Bedales and Trinity College, Cambridge, reading English. Moving to Paris and becoming an artist, studying engraving at Stanley William Hayter’s school he worked alongside artists such as Max Ernst, Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso. Marrying the potter Ursula Darwin in 1934, in 1935 they moved to Hammersmith, buying Durham Wharf beside the River Thames which was Trevelyan’s studio – and home – for the rest of his life. His wartime service was – like so many artists – as a camofleur. A Royal Engineer from 1940-43, he served in North Africa and Palestine, forcing the German Afrika Korps to use resources against a dummy army whilst real tanks were disguised as more harmless equipment. In the desert nothing could be hidden, but it could be disguised. On one occasion however the German Luftwaffe flattened a real installation, leaving only a – dummy – railhead the camofleurs had built. The following day they returned and dropped a wooden bomb on the railhead making it clear they had seen through the disguise. Following the dissolution of his marriage in 1950 he married the painter Mary Fedden. Teaching at Chelsea School of Art Trevelyan eventually became head of the Etching Department and his pupils included David Hockney and Peter Ackroyd. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056. Condition: Generally very good with a few spots to margins.
  • John Dean Monroe Harvey (1895 – 1978) Architectural Drawing: Design for a factory for VC Bond

    for Barnes Challen & Cross, Architects and Engineers Mixed Media 38x68cm Even the factory commissioned by the manufacturers of a furniture company deserved the attention of a drawing by the famous JDM Harvey in the Board Room. Unusually, perhaps, for Harvey, here he is drawing fields, carefully catching the texture of a ploughed field with the confident diagonal strokes of his hand. The factory is busily occupied, men are unstacking great piles of timber at the back of the building. A further lorry-load of raw materials enters through the gate and the Directors' fine saloon cars are parked towards the front. Even in this obviously rural environment Harvey draws his usual pedestrians. All these aspects give life to what in the hands of a lesser man would probably be a rather clinical drawing - instead of a picture of which to be proud. Probably unrivalled as an architectural perspectivist working after the second World War, Harvey trained as an architect but after 1944 worked almost solely on drawing architectural perspectives for other architects. “The architectural draughtsman who is equally competent at drawing such incidentals [as landscape and figures] is as rare as the landscape or figure painter who is equally competent at architecture. Harvey was one of those rare men. He would draw a building with a slightly freer hand than an architect would, and his landscape in a slightly more architectural manner than that of a painter.” Perspective in Perspective, Lawrence Wright (Routledge 1983) p234. Harvey was born in Newfoundland, where his father was a railway engineer, and came to England aged 17, studying at St Paul’s School, London and at the School of Architecture, University College London 1914-1918, being awarded the Donaldson medal. In 1920 he went into practice on his own, designing several interiors with J A Bowden. Amongst his works were the reconstruction and interior decoration of 4 Cleveland Place, London (1936-37), and a house – including all furnishings – in Herne Hill for Dr M I Elliot (1938). After 1944 he primarily worked as a perspective artist and illustrator, a role to which he was particularly well suited. During the war he was a member of St Paul’s Watch, a group of over one hundred architects and surveyors and artists who kept watch over St Paul’s Cathedral during the blitz, extinguishing fires and helping St Paul’s to survive the war virtually unscathed. The Watch was described as the ‘Best dining club in London’ on account of its influential members. He retired to Italy, living on the shore of Lake Como, and enjoying the local red wine. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056. Condition: Excellent. In original frame (which has been repolished and with new mount). Glass will be removed for overseas shipping, or subject to a significant shipping surcharge.
  • Erté (Romain de Tirtoff) (1892-1990) 'Manhattan Mary IV'

    Serigraph (Artist's Proof IL/L) Signed in pencil 70 x 56cm (sheet) 41.5 x 30.5cm (plate) The Russian born Romain de Tirtoff moved to Paris around 1912 to work as a designer, choosing the pseudonym ‘Erté’ based on the French pronunciation of his initials. He produced fashion plates for the designer Paul Poiret and signed a contract with Harper’s Bazaar that saw him design over 200 covers for the magazine. Costume and stage design followed in the 1920s, for the Folies Bergeres and similar revues in Paris, then in Hollywood for Louis B. Mayer. Erté’s distinctive and elegant style came to epitomise the Art Deco era; it is characterised by a combination of sharp geometric line - like the harlequin background to this print - strong colour planes and images of fashionable modern women with close-cropped hair and asymmetric hemlines. Art Deco enjoyed a revival in the 1960s, and it was from this point that limited edition prints began to be produced from Erté’s designs. ‘Manhattan Mary’ was a Broadway musical which opened at the Apollo Theatre, New York in September 1927, with set and costume designs by Erté. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056. Condition: Excellent.
  • Mabel A. Royds (1874-1941) The Snake Charmer

    Colour woodblock print Signed in pencil c.1920s 13.5 x 18cm (approx.) Born in Bedfordshire, Mabel Royds was a painter, printmaker and illustrator. She studied under Henry Tonks at the Slade, after which she travelled to Paris - where she worked in the studio of Walter Sickert - and to Canada, before starting to teach at the Edinburgh College of Art in 1911. In 1914 she married the printmaker Ernest Lumsden, and over the next few years the pair travelled extensively in India and Tibet, which provided a wealth of inspiration for woodcuts such as this one. Royds' technique was unusual in that she painted the colour onto the woodblock with a brush, giving each print a unique character. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056. Condition: Good.
  • Robert MacDonald Fraser (1870-1947) 'Landscape with Footbridge'

    Oil on canvas Signed 20" x 24" (50.5 x 61cm) Though of Scottish descent, an Englishman who was born, lived and died in and around Liverpool. He is believed to have become interested in painting during his secondary school years at the Liverpool Institute and Art School (where the principal was the distinguished landscape artist John Finnie), however his early career was in commerce. By the age of thirty he was well established in Liverpool's art circles but it was to be another decade before he took to painting full time. Between 1910 and 1938 he showed approximately fifty paintings at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, also having seven paintings accepted for the Royal Academy's summer exhibitions. He additionally exhibited at the Manchester Art Gallery, Liverpool Bluecoat and Royal Cambrian Academy, becoming - in 1929 - Vice President of the Liverpool 'Artists' Club.' He mostly painted the landscapes of North Wales and the North West of England. His family owned holiday cottages in North Wales, and Snowdonia provided him with much inspiration, it is believed that this painting is of a Snowdonia scene. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056. Condition: Excellent.
  • Lionel Bulmer (1919-1992) 'The Edge of the Field'

    Signed c.1950s Oil on board 17" x 20" (43 x 51cm) Lionel Bulmer (1919-1992) attended Clapham art school before war intervened; after the war he started again at the Royal College of Art which had been relocated during the conflict to Ambleside in the Lake District. Here he met his lifelong partner Margaret Green who provided the model for many of his works. They returned to London where they studied under painters such as Ruskin Spear and Carel Weight, successors to the Camden Town and Euston Road schools. In the 1950s they moved to West Suffolk and much of Bulmer's work from this point on documents the Suffolk landscape and the coast at Aldeburgh and Walberswick. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056. Condition: Excellent.
  • Richard Beer (b.1928) 'Hôtel de la Gare'

    Colour etching and aquatint Signed and numbered 41/70 to lower margin Plate size 34.5 x 42.5cm; sheet size 57 x 75cm Richard Beer enrolled at the Slade in 1945, when Lucien Freud, Graham Sutherland and Keith Vaughan were teaching there, before moving to Paris in 1950 where he continued his studies under Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 and at the École des Beaux-Arts. In 1955 he began designing theatrical sets and costumes, notably for John Cranko's 'The Lady and the Fool' at Covent Garden, and for the Deutsches Oper in Berlin and the Staatsteater Stuttgart. This background in design may be behind the flattened planes, subtle atmospheric colours and striking architectural compositions of his prints. In 1970 Beer collaborated with John Betjeman to produce a folio of prints entitled 'Ten Wren Churches' published by Editions Alecto. Since 1973 his prints have been published by Christie's Contemporary Art and he also receiveded commissions from London Transport. He travelled frequently to Europe, particularly to Italy where this Venetian café scene was conceived. Beer taught printmaking at the Chelsea School of Art, the Slade and the British School at Rome and was a founding member of the Printmaker's Council. His works are included in the collection of the Tate and the Government Art Collection. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056. Condition: Excellent.
  • Dudley Burnside (1912-2005) 'Hot Air Balloon Rising'

    Oil on canvasboard Signed and dated 1983 40 x 30 cm Group Captain Dudley Burnside was a pilot who operated during the 1930s over the North-West Frontier, flying transport and bomber missions. Completing two tours of operations in Bomber Command during the Second World War he also flew Sunderland flying boats in the Korean war. On 5 March 1943 he was flying a Wellington Bomber to Essen and his aircraft was hit by flak whilst en route. The navigator standing next to him was killed and the aeroplane damaged. Nevertheless he continued to Essen and bombed the target and returned the badly damaged Wellington to an emergency airfield in Suffolk, despite being illuminated by searchlights over the target and being attacked by a night fighter on the way home. He was awarded a bar to his DFC and two of his crew members also were awarded DFCs. In quieter moments he greatly enjoyed painting and was an excellent artist. An early member of the Guild of Aviation Artists he exhibited for many years at their annual show. His subjects were often drawn from his own flying career, and he also painted First World War aviation scenes. His paintings are in the Royal Air Force Museum and the Brooklands Museum and are generally painted using muted tones. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056. Condition: Excellent.
  • John Piper Dylwyn Church

    Etching with Aquatint Signed in pencil and numbered 12 from the edition of 70. Levinson 177 If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056. Condition: Small marks to four corners, as clearly visible in photograph, otherwise in excellent condition.
  • Mabel Alington Royds (1874-1941) Boat Builders

    Signed in pencil c.1915-1920 Woodblock Print 23 x 30cm Born in Bedfordshire, Mabel Royds was a painter, printmaker and illustrator. She studied under Henry Tonks at the Slade, after which she travelled to Paris - where she worked in the studio of Walter Sickert - and to Canada, before starting to teach at the Edinburgh College of Art in 1911. In 1914 she married the printmaker Ernest Lumsden, and over the next few years the pair travelled extensively in India and Tibet, which provided a wealth of inspiration for woodcuts such as this one. Royds' technique was unusual in that she painted the colour onto the woodblock with a brush, giving each print a unique character. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056. Condition: Good.
  • Christopher Hughes (1881-1961) Siena III

    Pencil drawing c.1930s 22x35.5cm Born in St Albans, in Hertfordshire UK, Hughes was a painter, illustrator, printmaker and teacher. He served in the First World War in the 7th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment being awarded a Military Cross in the 1917 New Years Honours List and attaining the rank of Colonel. Subsequently he taught art at Marlborough College. He was taught painting by his father, Wyndham Hughes, who was an expert in stained glass and ecclesiastical decoration. This is from a series of drawings we have of an Italian trip made by Hughes during the 1930s; to see some others, scroll down to "More from this Seller" and below it click on "See all from this seller." If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056. Condition: Good.
  • Christopher Hughes (1881-1961) Siena II

    Pencil drawing c.1930s 35.5x22cm Born in St Albans, in Hertfordshire UK, Hughes was a painter, illustrator, printmaker and teacher. He served in the First World War in the 7th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment being awarded a Military Cross in the 1917 New Years Honours List and attaining the rank of Colonel. Subsequently he taught art at Marlborough College. He was taught painting by his father, Wyndham Hughes, who was an expert in stained glass and ecclesiastical decoration. This is from a series of drawings we have of an Italian trip made by Hughes during the 1930s; to see some others, scroll down to "More from this Seller" and below it click on "See all from this seller." If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056. Condition: Good.
  • Christopher Wyndham Hughes (1881-1961) Italian Church Entrance

    Pencil drawing c.1930s 35 x 23cm Born in St Albans, in Hertfordshire UK, Hughes was a painter, illustrator, printmaker and teacher. He served in the First World War in the 7th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment being awarded a Military Cross in the 1917 New Years Honours List and attaining the rank of Colonel. Subsequently he taught art at Marlborough College. He was taught painting by his father, Wyndham Hughes, who was an expert in stained glass and ecclesiastical decoration. This is from a series of drawing we have of an Italian trip, to see some others, scroll down to "More from this Seller" and below it click on "See all from this seller." If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056. Condition: Good.
  • Christopher Hughes (1881-1961) Siena IV

    Pencil drawing c.1930s 35.5x23cm Born in St Albans, in Hertfordshire UK, Hughes was a painter, illustrator, printmaker and teacher. He served in the First World War in the 7th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment being awarded a Military Cross in the 1917 New Years Honours List and attaining the rank of Colonel. Subsequently he taught art at Marlborough College. He was taught painting by his father, Wyndham Hughes, who was an expert in stained glass and ecclesiastical decoration. This is from a series of drawings we have of an Italian trip made by Hughes during the 1930s; to see some others, scroll down to "More from this Seller" and below it click on "See all from this seller." If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056. Condition: Good.
  • Mabel Alington Royds (1874-1941) Prickly Pears

    Signed in pencil c.1915-1920 (exhibited 1928) Woodblock Print 22 x 29cm Born in Bedfordshire, Mabel Royds was a painter, printmaker and illustrator. She studied under Henry Tonks at the Slade, after which she travelled to Paris - where she worked in the studio of Walter Sickert - and to Canada, before starting to teach at the Edinburgh College of Art in 1911. In 1914 she married the printmaker Ernest Lumsden, and over the next few years the pair travelled extensively in India and Tibet, which provided a wealth of inspiration for woodcuts such as this one. Royds' technique was unusual in that she painted the colour onto the woodblock with a brush, giving each print a unique character. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056. Condition: Excellent.