Charles Cundall R.A. (1890-1971)
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The Meadows, Caudebec-en-Caux, Normandy by Charles Cundall
The Meadows, Caudebec-en-Caux, Normandy. 1920
 

Biography

Painter, potter and stained glass artist. Born in Stratford, Lancashire. After working as a designer at Pilkington's Pottery Company under Gordon Forsyth, Cundall studied at the Manchester School of Art, obtaining a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in 1912. He joined the Royal Fusiliers in 1914 and was severely wounded in the right arm in 1916. After learning to paint with his left hand, he returned to the Royal College in 1918. During 1919-1920 he attended the Slade School of Fine Art before furthering his studies in Paris. Cundall undertook many trips across a number of continents and was noted for his large panoramic canvases depicting scenes in Italy and France as well as the UK such as 'Bank Holiday, Brighton' 1933 now held at the Tate. Cundall was an Official War Artist during World War II.

Cundall was elected to the Royal Academy in 1944 and was a member of the New English Arts Club, Royal Society of Portrait Painters and Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour. He exhibited with the Royal Academy almost every year between 1918 and 1970. He had his first solo show at Colnaghi 1927. Charles Cundall exhibited at Colnaghi several times during his lifetime as well as at the Leicester Galleries and the Upper Grosvenor Galleries.

He was married to the artist Jacqueline Pietersen and lived in London.