CRONYN, Hugh Verschoyle

1905 - 1996

Hugh Cronyn

Hugh Verschoyle Cronyn, was born in Vancouver, Canada on 30 April 1905, son of Verschoyle Francis Cronyn (born 1866) and his wife Mabel Margaret née Philpot, who married at Vancouver on 27 April 1901. He started attending drawing evening classes, whilst working for the Anglo-American Tea Co. of Toronto between 1923 and 1928, Hugh then began painting in the Toronto studio of Francis Hans Johnston (called Frank, and later Franz), (1888-1949), a founder member of the Canadian Group of Seven School of Landscape painters. In 1929 he spent a year at the Art Students League, New York and in 1930 went to the American School of Fine Art at Fontainebleau in France and then to Paris studying Life & Composition with Jean Despujols (1886-1965) followed by painting for two years,1931-1933 with Cubist painter André L'Hote (1885-1962). Travels through France, Italy, Germany and Spain occupied the whole of 1934 and the following year came to London, working as a freelance painter with a circle of talented friends along the Thames at Hammersmith. In 1939, he enlisted in the Thames River Emergency Service, then the Royal Navy, being commissioned in 1940 as Lieutenant Commander RNVR, being awarded the George Medal for bravery in bomb-disposal. In 1942 he married at St Nicholas Church, Chiswick, Jean Pamela Harris (dide 23 October 2003) and they had two daughters. Art Director at the Architectural Association School, London 1946-1949 and in 1949 appointed tutor of painting at Colchester School of Art, when he moved to 16 Bear Street, Nayland, Suffolk with his wife and daughters. In 1960, he and his wife purchased an old farmhouse holiday home in Quercy, South West France, where Hugh was able to indulge his passion for landscape painting. In 1975 they moved from their then home, Lower House Farm, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk back to Hammersmith Reach on the Thames, from where he painted until his death in 1996. A lyrical, passionate painter, who adored the Thames pageant with its hourly changing scenery. He exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 1950 onwards; Royal West of England Academy; The Minories, Colchester and Canada House, London 1972; Nancy Poole's Studio, Toronto; Gainsborough's House, Sudbury; Digby Gallery, Colchester; Yehudi Menuhin School, Hotel de Ville, Montcuq; Sandford Gallery, Covent Garden; Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery; Phoenix Gallery, Kingston 1987; Phoenix Gallery, Lavenham 1985-1990; Phoenix Gallery, London 1991; Air Gallery, Dover Street, London 1998; Patisserie Valerie, Knightsbridge 1999 and Highgate Fine Art, Highgate Village 2001. His paintings are in numerous public and private collections in Canada, France, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

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