• Anonymous Original Art Deco Design for Poster: Norwegian Cruises by Blue Star Luxury Line

    Gouache on paper c. 1930s 35x25cm It has not yet been possible to identify a poster for which this was the design. A well-painted design for a poster for cruises to Norway. A funnel pours out a stylised stream of smoke. The distance in the fjord is cleverly demarkated by the use of horizontal white lines. The interlocking spurs of the fjord are clearly visible, and a spectacular use of colour helps the Art Deco design. Isolated spotting and loss of paint, as visible in photograph. In a fine hand-finished black box frame, with AR anti-reflective glass. A rare survivor which shows very handsomely.
  • Claude Muncaster (1903-1974) Near Mundesley, Norfolk

    Dated 1930 Signed Watercolour 22x28cm Muncaster's watercolours capture the English countryside feel with great competence Claude Grahame Muncaster, RWS, ROI, RBA, SMA was the son of Oliver Hall RA. At the age of fifteen his career as a landscape painter began, and he soon took to the seas, spending the 1920s and 30s travelling the world with his sketchbook in a series of vessels. With the outbreak of war and he joined the RNVR training as a navigator. Having left school at fifteen his mathematics was very weak and it was a relief for all when his artistic talents meant he was recruited as a camofleur. A master of capturing seascapes he was therefore able to hide huge ships ‘in plain sight’ with clever disguises. After the war he painted for the Royal Family and was a frequent guest at Sandringham. Claude Muncaster was a watercolourist known for his landscapes and maritime scenes. He was born Grahame Hall, the son of the Royal Academician Oliver Hall who taught his son to paint from an early age; Grahame first exhibited his work aged 15 and a few years later was showing at the RA. However, he adopted the name Claude Muncaster in 1922 to dissociate his career from that of his father. Muncaster’s primary choice of subject matter came from a genuine love of the sea. He made several long-distance sea voyages, including one around the Horn as a deckhand in the windjammer Olivebank in 1931, which he described in ‘Rolling Round the Horn’, published in 1933. Armed with a sketchbook, his aim was to be able to ‘paint ships and the sea with greater authority’. This he certainly achieved, perfectly capturing the limpid first light of morning over the Port of Aden, the choppy rain-grey waters of the Bay of Biscay and a streak of sunlight through gathering storm clouds at dusk in Exeter. He became an Associate of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1931 and was a founder member, and later President, of the Royal Society of Marine Artists. During the Second World War, Muncaster served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) from 1940-44, training as a navigator before going on to advise on the camouflage of ships, and also worked as an official war artist. In ‘Still Morning at Aden’ (1944) he depicts Allied warships in this safe anchorage in the Middle East; the back is stamped with Admiralty approval. In 1946-7 he was commissioned by the Queen to produce watercolours of the royal residences at Windsor, Sandringham and Balmoral; the Duke of Edinburgh, in a foreword to a biography of Muncaster, recalls looking at these and considering the artist’s ‘unerring instinct for a subject’, his sense of atmosphere. Other commissions included large panoramas of the Thames and of Bradford. His career also included work as an etcher, illustrator, writer, lecturer and broadcaster, and his paintings can be found in the Royal Academy, Tate, National Maritime Museum Cornwall, National Railway Museum and Royal Air Force Museum. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.
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    Doris Clare Zinkeisen (1898-1991) Costume design for Antonio for Twelfth Night

    1942, for International Ballet Tour 39x28cm Gouache, pencil and wash on paper From a series of six, click here to see the others Condition: Pin holes to corners; pin holes and small spots to top left corner; these are working drawings and carry some signs of this. A Scottish theatrical stage and costume designer, Zinkeisen was best known for her work in theatrical design. Born in Argyll the family moved to Pinner, London when she was 11 years old. After four years at the Harrow School of Art she won a scholarship to the Royal Academy Schools in 1917 - together with her younger sister Anna, also an artist. The two of them shared a studio in London during the 1920s and 1930s, where Doris developed her realist style. This made her popular as both a portrait painter and as an illustrator and commercial artist, producing advertising posters for railway companies, the London Underground and murals for the RMS Queen Mary. Despite her success in these fields, it was as a stage and costume designer that she achieved her greatest success. One of her first stage designs was in 1923, shortly after leaving the Royal Academy. Amongst her greatest successes in this field are 'This Year of Grace' by Noel Coward in 1928 at the London Pavilion, the musical 'The Great Waltz' at the Center Theatre on Broadway, Old Vic productions of 'Arms and the Man' and 'Richard III'. Films included 'Show Boat' (1936). During World War II she joined the St John Ambulance Brigade, working as a nurse in London at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington where she nursed in the casualty department in the mornings and painted the events of the day in the afternoons. Following the liberation of Europe she was appointed by the War Artists' Advisory Committee inter alia spending three days at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in April 1945 immediately following its liberation.
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    Doris Clare Zinkeisen (1898-1991) Costume design for Twelfth Night

    1942, for International Ballet Tour 39x28cm Gouache, pencil and wash on paper From a series of six, click here to see the others Condition: Pin holes to corners; these are working drawings and carry some signs of this. A Scottish theatrical stage and costume designer, Zinkeisen was best known for her work in theatrical design. Born in Argyll the family moved to Pinner, London when she was 11 years old. After four years at the Harrow School of Art she won a scholarship to the Royal Academy Schools in 1917 - together with her younger sister Anna, also an artist. The two of them shared a studio in London during the 1920s and 1930s, where Doris developed her realist style. This made her popular as both a portrait painter and as an illustrator and commercial artist, producing advertising posters for railway companies, the London Underground and murals for the RMS Queen Mary. Despite her success in these fields, it was as a stage and costume designer that she achieved her greatest success. One of her first stage designs was in 1923, shortly after leaving the Royal Academy. Amongst her greatest successes in this field are 'This Year of Grace' by Noel Coward in 1928 at the London Pavilion, the musical 'The Great Waltz' at the Center Theatre on Broadway, Old Vic productions of 'Arms and the Man' and 'Richard III'. Films included 'Show Boat' (1936). During World War II she joined the St John Ambulance Brigade, working as a nurse in London at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington where she nursed in the casualty department in the mornings and painted the events of the day in the afternoons. Following the liberation of Europe she was appointed by the War Artists' Advisory Committee inter alia spending three days at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in April 1945 immediately following its liberation.
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    Doris Clare Zinkeisen (1898-1991) Costume design for Viola for Twelfth Night

    1942, for International Ballet Tour 39x28cm Gouache, pencil and wash on paper From a series of six, click here to see the others Condition: Pin holes to corners; pin holes and small spots to top left corner; these are working drawings and carry some signs of this. A Scottish theatrical stage and costume designer, Zinkeisen was best known for her work in theatrical design. Born in Argyll the family moved to Pinner, London when she was 11 years old. After four years at the Harrow School of Art she won a scholarship to the Royal Academy Schools in 1917 - together with her younger sister Anna, also an artist. The two of them shared a studio in London during the 1920s and 1930s, where Doris developed her realist style. This made her popular as both a portrait painter and as an illustrator and commercial artist, producing advertising posters for railway companies, the London Underground and murals for the RMS Queen Mary. Despite her success in these fields, it was as a stage and costume designer that she achieved her greatest success. One of her first stage designs was in 1923, shortly after leaving the Royal Academy. Amongst her greatest successes in this field are 'This Year of Grace' by Noel Coward in 1928 at the London Pavilion, the musical 'The Great Waltz' at the Center Theatre on Broadway, Old Vic productions of 'Arms and the Man' and 'Richard III'. Films included 'Show Boat' (1936). During World War II she joined the St John Ambulance Brigade, working as a nurse in London at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington where she nursed in the casualty department in the mornings and painted the events of the day in the afternoons. Following the liberation of Europe she was appointed by the War Artists' Advisory Committee inter alia spending three days at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in April 1945 immediately following its liberation.
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    Doris Clare Zinkeisen (1898-1991) Costume design for Viola iii for Twelfth Night

    1942, for International Ballet Tour 39x28cm Gouache, pencil and wash on paper From a series of six, click here to see the others Condition: Pin holes to corners; pin holes and small spots to top left corner; these are working drawings and carry some signs of this. A Scottish theatrical stage and costume designer, Zinkeisen was best known for her work in theatrical design. Born in Argyll the family moved to Pinner, London when she was 11 years old. After four years at the Harrow School of Art she won a scholarship to the Royal Academy Schools in 1917 - together with her younger sister Anna, also an artist. The two of them shared a studio in London during the 1920s and 1930s, where Doris developed her realist style. This made her popular as both a portrait painter and as an illustrator and commercial artist, producing advertising posters for railway companies, the London Underground and murals for the RMS Queen Mary. Despite her success in these fields, it was as a stage and costume designer that she achieved her greatest success. One of her first stage designs was in 1923, shortly after leaving the Royal Academy. Amongst her greatest successes in this field are 'This Year of Grace' by Noel Coward in 1928 at the London Pavilion, the musical 'The Great Waltz' at the Center Theatre on Broadway, Old Vic productions of 'Arms and the Man' and 'Richard III'. Films included 'Show Boat' (1936). During World War II she joined the St John Ambulance Brigade, working as a nurse in London at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington where she nursed in the casualty department in the mornings and painted the events of the day in the afternoons. Following the liberation of Europe she was appointed by the War Artists' Advisory Committee inter alia spending three days at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in April 1945 immediately following its liberation.
  • James Gowan (1923, Glasgow - 2015, London) Fountains Abbey (1973)

    62x52cm Oil on Canvas Signed 'James Gowan' lower left Inscribed to reverse 'Fountains Abbey 1973 James Gowan No 199' For biographical details and other paintings by Gowan click here. The present work exhibits many of the characteristics obvious in his architectural works. There is a very strong architectural composition. The landscape and sky are approached in almost cubist fashion, reminiscent of the Toblerone-shaped roof of the Leicester Building, whilst the figures have a carefree feel to them. And here indeed are the gothic towers and flying butresses that we know inspired Gowan when designing the Leicester Engineering Building, being captured by the brightly-dressed members of an art class, splashes of primary colour in an already colourful landscape.
  • James Gowan (1923, Glasgow - 2015, London) Fountains Abbey (1973)

    62x52cm Oil on Canvas Signed 'James Gowan' lower left Inscribed to reverse 'Fountains Abbey 1973 James Gowan No 199' For biographical details and other paintings by Gowan click here. The present work exhibits many of the characteristics obvious in his architectural works. There is a very strong architectural composition. The landscape and sky are approached in almost cubist fashion, reminiscent of the Toblerone-shaped roof of the Leicester Building, whilst the figures have a carefree feel to them. Backbarrow was the place where the blue pigment ultramarine (or dolly blue - used to return brilliant whiteness to yellowed fabrics) was produced in an old mill building by the Lancashire Ultramarine Company. Dust from the production gave the entire village a blue tint until production ceased in 1981. The factory is now a hotel and it maintains a display of machinery used in the factory.
  • Kenneth Rowntree

    Abstract Australian Landscape

    Watercolour 27.5 x 33cm Signed (top left) and dated 'Kenneth Rowntree '85' Provenance: Anderson & Garland Studio sale of Kenneth Rowntree lot 263 Tuesday 8 September 2009 For biographical details and other works by Rowntree click here. Rowntree visited Australia in 1984/85. In this painting he picks up various vignettes from the Australian landscape in six separate blocks. Two relate to the sky, with almost-unbroken blue skies stretching from horizon to horizon, three relate to desert areas, with a whole array of different textures, and one is a luscious green. In one of the desert scenes he has picked out two road signs, in typical Rowntree fashion, reducing them to their simplest form. In her essay Kenneth Rowntree: A Strange Simplicity (published in Kenneth Rowntree A Centenary Exhibition Published by Moore-Gwyn Fine Art and Liss Llewellyn Fine Art, on behalf of the artist’s estate, on the occasion of the centenary of Kenneth Rowntree’s birth) Alexandra Harris makes reference to this painting noting:

    Later, in 1986, just when the young David Hockney was collaging the signs and road-markings of Route 138 in Pearblossom Highway, Rowntree was in Australia painting yellow diamond-shaped road-signs as bright icons in open country. Wherever he went, Rowntree captured both the unfamiliarity of places and their relationship to things he knew. Heading into the Australian outback, he painted a road-sign as he would paint a rail signal at Clare in Suffolk or nautical markers at Swansea.

    Hockney's 1986 Pearblossom Highway may be seen here in the Getty and it is worth noting that Rowntree was in fact painting the yellow sign in 1985, so a year before Hockney.
  • Peter Collins ARCA (1923-2001) Still Life with Green Apples and Bottle

    Oil on Board 49x59cm Provenance: The Artist's Studio A stongly-painted image, with a generous use of skilfully executed impasto and bright tones. A bowl of green fruit, probably apples, and with perhaps some lemons sits besides a slender and partly-drunk bottle, with an abstract tablecloth in red, white and blue behind. Collins's first job was at an advertising agency, in the commercial studio, whilst he attended evening art classes. World War II interrupted his career and he joined the Royal Artillery (of the British Army), teaching painting and drawing in the Education Corps - whilst simultaneously teaching at St Martin's School of Art, part time. Following the war Collins studied at the Royal College of Art, winning a scholarship. Leaving in 1950 he then worked as a commercial artist producing some well-known posters for clients including British Railways and British European Airways. He was the Art Director at Odhams Press and spent time designing for both ICI and Shell. With his wife Georgette he created the 'Bacombe Galleries' in Sussex, converting a group of buildings. In 1975 they again converted buildings, this time Stanley Studios in Chelsea which were scheduled for redevelopment; many artists had worked there, probably the most famous being Elizabeth Frink. Combining an artist's studio and a single residence at Stanley Studios the Collinses were immersed in Chelsea's art scene and proceeded to fill the place with art, antiques, scupture and curios.
  • William Alison Martin (1878-1936) The Menai Straits

    Signed and indistinctly dated 44x59cm Framed A beautifully handled scene, with spectacular skies and rich colours in the landscape, showing the soft rolling hills of Anglesea and North Wales, Martin's native part of the country.
  • John Minton (1917-1957)

    Figures on the Beach

    Oil on canvas, framed 76x61cm Signed 'Minton' top left Minton’s won a prize for composition with this painting in his last term at St John’s Wood School of Art in 1938. His painting had come under the influence of Giorgio de Chirico, the inventor of surrealism. In 1936 Roland Penrose had led the London International Surrealist Exhibition (where Dylan Thomas carried a cup of string around the exhibition, offering it to guests with a choice of weak of strong), and in 1937 the ‘Surrealist Invasion’ of Cornwall; Minton was following the fashions of the time. De Chirico was famous for paintings of horses on beaches in classical surroundings, surrounded perhaps by fragments of masonry, and temples – the collision of the strange and the familiar he described as ‘uncanny’. Minton here has however made a unicorn – rather than a horse – the centrepiece, doubtless making reference to the reputation of unicorn horn as an aphrodisiac as Minton struggled with his own sexuality; it was not until after he was called up to the army during the war that he admitted being gay, being discharged on these grounds. The unicorn is surrounded by five beautiful youths, a couple are grouped to the left, a girl plays a stringed instrument, a further youth stands upon the unicorn clutching a trumped and in the centre of the picture is a further youth, naked save for a cloth around his neck as he clutches a shield and a spear. In the foreground is a demolished statue of a woman, referring probably to Minton’s rejection of women. The painting is referred to in Frances Spalding’s 1991 biography of John Minton on p37. Provenance: gift of the artist to his school friend Ken Lawrence, and by descent.  
  • Julian Trevelyan (1910-1988)

    Cretan Windmills (1964)

    Oil on canvas 61 x 77 cm Click here for biographical details and other works by the artist. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.
  • Clifford Ellis (1907-1985)

    Bufo the Toad

    Pencil, 1950s 11x14cm In a Nicholson butt-jointed frame Provenance: the family of the artist, by descent. Click here for biographical details and other works by the artist. Clifford and Rosemary Ellis were famous as a husband and wife team for their fascination with nature and their vibrant and charming depictions of animals. They were the natural artists to be commissioned by Collins for their 'New Naturalists' series of books, which have become famous and highly collectable more for the dust jackets designed by the Ellises than for the - otherwise excellent - content. This painting is from a recently discovered series of paintings and drawings, never before seen by the general public, dating from the 1940s and 1950s. "Old Bufo is the biggest Toad. He is very tame and always knows that when I make a special scratching noise he will get fed." Clifford and Rosemary wrote a series of illustrated books for young children including this one featuring Bufo. Although never published they are now held by the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.
  • Clifford Ellis (1907-1985)

    Chico the Red Panda

    Pencil, 1950s 16x30cm In a Nicholson butt-jointed frame Provenance: the family of the artist, by descent. Click here for biographical details and other works by the artist. Clifford and Rosemary Ellis were famous as a husband and wife team for their fascination with nature and their vibrant and charming depictions of animals. They were the natural artists to be commissioned by Collins for their 'New Naturalists' series of books, which have become famous and highly collectable more for the dust jackets designed by the Ellises than for the - otherwise excellent - content. This painting is from a recently discovered series of paintings and drawings, never before seen by the general public, dating from the 1940s and 1950s. Clifford and Rosemary wrote a series of illustrated books for young children including this one featuring Chico. Although never published they are now held by the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.
  • Clifford Ellis (1907-1985)

    Swallow

    Pencil, 1950s 17.5x21.5 cm In a Nicholson butt-jointed frame Provenance: the family of the artist, by descent. Click here for biographical details and other works by the artist. Clifford and Rosemary Ellis were famous as a husband and wife team for their fascination with nature and their vibrant and charming depictions of animals. They were the natural artists to be commissioned by Collins for their 'New Naturalists' series of books, which have become famous and highly collectable more for the dust jackets designed by the Ellises than for the - otherwise excellent - content. This painting is from a recently discovered series of paintings and drawings, never before seen by the general public, dating from the 1940s and 1950s. Clifford and Rosemary wrote a series of illustrated books for young children including this one featuring Chico. Although never published they are now held by the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.
  • Rosemary Ellis (1910-1998)

    Canna Lily

    Gouache, 1940s/1950s In a Nicholson butt-jointed frame Provenance: the family of the artist, by descent. Click here for biographical details and other works by the artist. Clifford and Rosemary Ellis were famous as a husband and wife team for their fascination with nature and their vibrant and charming depictions of animals. They were the natural artists to be commissioned by Collins for their 'New Naturalists' series of books, which have become famous and highly collectable more for the dust jackets designed by the Ellises than for the - otherwise excellent - content. This painting is from a recently discovered series of paintings and drawings, never before seen by the general public, dating from the 1940s and 1950s. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.
  • Rosemary Ellis (1910-1998)

    Snail i

    Gouache, 1940s/1950s 18x18cm On laid antique paper In a Nicholson butt-jointed frame Provenance: the family of the artist, by descent. Click here for biographical details and other works by the artist. Clifford and Rosemary Ellis were famous as a husband and wife team for their fascination with nature and their vibrant and charming depictions of animals. They were the natural artists to be commissioned by Collins for their 'New Naturalists' series of books, which have become famous and highly collectable more for the dust jackets designed by the Ellises than for the - otherwise excellent - content. This painting is from a recently discovered series of paintings and drawings, never before seen by the general public, dating from the 1940s and 1950s. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.
  • Rosemary Ellis (1910-1998)

    Snail ii

    Gouache, 1940s/1950s 18x18cm On laid antique paper In a Nicholson butt-jointed frame Provenance: the family of the artist, by descent. Click here for biographical details and other works by the artist. Clifford and Rosemary Ellis were famous as a husband and wife team for their fascination with nature and their vibrant and charming depictions of animals. They were the natural artists to be commissioned by Collins for their 'New Naturalists' series of books, which have become famous and highly collectable more for the dust jackets designed by the Ellises than for the - otherwise excellent - content. This painting is from a recently discovered series of paintings and drawings, never before seen by the general public, dating from the 1940s and 1950s. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.
  • Clifford Ellis (1907-1985)

    Snakes

    Gouache, 1940s/1950s 21x35cm In a Nicholson butt-jointed frame Provenance: the family of the artist, by descent. Click here for biographical details and other works by the artist. Clifford and Rosemary Ellis were famous as a husband and wife team for their fascination with nature and their vibrant and charming depictions of animals. They were the natural artists to be commissioned by Collins for their 'New Naturalists' series of books, which have become famous and highly collectable more for the dust jackets designed by the Ellises than for the - otherwise excellent - content. This painting is from a recently discovered series of paintings and drawings, never before seen by the general public, dating from the 1940s and 1950s. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.