Charles Cundall

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Charles Cundall was a painter of topographical subjects and townscapes. He was born 6 September 1890 at Stretford, Lancashire.

At a young age he began designing pottery and stained glass for Pilkington’s Pottery Company under Gordon Forsyth. He studied at the Manchester School of Art, obtaining a scholarship to the R.C.A. 1912. He completed war service with the Royal Fusiliers 1914–17 and whilst serving injured his right arm. After learning how to paint left handed he returned to the R.C.A. in 1918. He studied at the Slade School 1919–20, and studied in Paris after that.

He exhibited at the R.A. from 1918. Visited Italy 1921 and 1923 and journeyed to Sweden, Russia and Spain. He held his first one-man exhibition at Colnaghi’s 1927 in London and became known for his panoramic pictures, such as Bank Holiday Brighton (1933), which is now in the Tate Gallery.

From 1924 Cundall was a member of the New English Arts Club, and then from 1944 he became a Royal Academician. He also became an official War Artist with the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force 1940–5.

Cundall’s work can be seen in the collections of the Imperial War Museum, the RAF Museum, the Southampton City Art Gallery and the Tate Museum.

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