Bernard Cecil Gotch (1876-1963)

Born in Winchester he studied and then taught at Winchester School of Art. Shortly after the beginning of the twentieth century he took a studio in London near the Tate. Specialising in architectural views he had one-man shows at the Fine Art Society and Lincolns Inn and also exhibited at the Royal Academy.

His first notable commission was for the publisher Methuen, illustrating A Shepherd’s Life by W H Hudson.  Whilst in London he was invited to illustrate a book on the Public Schools of England, which sadly was never completed but his completed watercolours were exhibited at the Fine Art Society in 1927.

He lived from 1927 in Oxford, living on Cumnor Hill, in Patchway.  From his studio on the first floor he painted commissions, making many watercolours of the interiors and exteriors of Oxford’s many buildings.  He also exhibited at one-man shows, most notably at Oriel College every Eights Week.


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