Private Collection, United Kingdom
Royal Academy (label verso) 1954, title Summer, No 207;
Bournemouth, Russell Cotes Art Gallery, Eminent Living Artists Exhibition, 24 March – 26 May 1956
Born Dennis William Dring in Streatham, London, he went on to study at the Slade School of Fine Art between 1922 and 1925, where he won several prizes and scholarships. He taught drawing and painting at the Southampton School of Art until 1942.
At the start of the Second World War Dring completed several portrait commissions for the War Artists’ Advisory Committee, WAAC. In early 1942 he resigned from Southampton School of Art to work on a full-time contract for the Committee, specialising in Admiralty portraits. He travelled extensively within Britain at this time, painting subjects in Portsmouth, Scotland and the Western Approaches.
In the late summer of 1943 he was given a second full-time contract which included more general subjects. His final war-time contract with WAAC saw Dring working on portraits for the Air Ministry throughout 1944 and 1945.
Dring’s’ post-war career included notable portraits of Sir Frank Stenton, Austin Hopkinson and of Cecil Hurst, family groups and landscapes plus portraits of members of the Royal Family. He recorded the presentation of the freedom of the City of London to the future Queen Elizabeth in 1947 and produced a series of five portraits for Lincoln’s Inn that included pictures of both Lord Hailsham and Margaret Thatcher.