Dennis Flanders (1915 – 1994)

Wadham College, Oxford, Garden Front



30 x 48 cm

Numbered 117/500 lower left and signed lower right, both in pencil. Signed lower left and titled lower right in the plate.

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Dennis Flanders RBA RWS was a British artist and draughtsman who specialised in pen and ink drawings, often of English landscapes and buildings. He is notable for his meticulous depictions of the impact of aerial bombing upon historic buildings during World War Two. After attending the Merchant Taylors’ School, Flanders studied at the Regent Street Polytechnic, St. Martin’s School of Art, and at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. Flanders worked at the School of Military Engineering during World War Two and made models of buildings and landscapes based on aerial reconnaissance photographs. He applied for a commission with the War Artists’ Advisory Committee and, although he was unsuccessful, the Committee did agree to purchase several drawings from him. These were mostly detailed depictions of bomb-damaged buildings and churches which included views of St Paul’s Cathedral and Canterbury Cathedral. After the war, Flanders became a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy and held his first solo exhibition at Colnaghi in 1947. He illustrated several books and published two volumes of prints from his own drawings of British architecture and landscapes, which had been the dominant theme of his artistic career.

Condition: very good.

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