1936 - ?

Neil Cawthorne

Neil A. Cawthorne, was born at 72 Hampden Road, Leicester in 1936, son of Herbert Halford Cawthorne (30 March 1906-1972), a builder's manager, and his wife Edna Lilian née Cheney (8 May 1909-1954), who married at Blaby, Leicester in 1933. Neil married at Leicester in 1957, Eileen G. née Brown. An equestrian painter who did not begin painting seriously until in his late 'twenties and was hunting with the Quorn and Fernie, which constituted much of his early work. In 1971 he was commissioned by 'Sporting Life' for a painting of 'Mill Reef' and 'Brigadier Gerard' and over the past years has painted many Classic, Grand National and other big race winners. In 1979, he co-founded the Society of Equestrian Artists. Whilst most of his work is by commissions, he still finds the inspiration of the Racecourse, Training Grounds and Hunting Field as strong as ever and is still concerned with conveying their movement, atmosphere and excitement and, as well as riding out regularly, he has spent a great deal of time at stables which has helped him to observe, absorb and 'feel' both the horses and the way of life. Over the years he had had several exhibitions and has painted an increasing number of racing subjects. He has paintings in a number of Private Collections, including those of HRH The Prince of Wales; Duke of Beaufort; Lord Harrington; Lord Vestey; Paul Mellon, Esq.; Bertram Firestone; Major Ivan Straker and Ivan Allen, Esq. He lived at Newmarket Road, Newmarket, Suffolk with his wife but latterly moved to Oakham, Leicestershire.

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