1892 - 1982

Allan Gwynne-Jones - self-portrait

Allan Gwynne-Jones, was born at Richmond, Surrey on 27 March 1892, the only son and younger child of Llewellyn Gwynne-Jones (1 July 1862-4 February 1943), a solicitor, and his wife, Evelyn née Hooper, who translated French and German verse. Educated at Miss Clare Berry's School, Folkestone 1899-1902 and at Bedales School, Petersfield 1902-1910 and studied law 1911-1914 under solicitor William Joynson-Hicks (1865-1932), later 1st Viscount Brentford, and awarded a senior scholarship by the Law Society and qualified as a solicitor, but never practised. Whilst qualifying as a solicitor, he developed a love of art and began painting watercolours of the Blyth Valley in Suffolk, having visited Southwold as a child, and maintained a home at Wenhaston. Becoming acquainted with Albert Rutherston (1881-1953) and, with his encouragement, painted a series of exquisite watercolours on silk, mainly of East Anglian subjects which included one of Southwold Fair 1912. In 1914, he began a course at the Slade School of Fine Art, but three months later was commissioned into the Welsh Guards Cheshire Regiment and was wounded at the Battle of the Somme in 1916 being awarded the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.). After demobilisation in 1919, he taught at the Royal College of Art where he became Professor of Painting 1923-1930, a position that he resigned and joined the staff of the Slade School of Fine Art and continued teaching at the Slade until 1958, gaining renown for his own painting, most notably portraits and paintings of flowers. He exhibited at the Tooth Gallery in Bond Street, London in 1937 'Wenhaston Morning' which was described as 'a composition devoid of interest...colour is flat and lifeless', he also exhibited at the New English Art Club; Grosvenor Gallery and at the Royal Academy from 1931. He married at St Pancras, London in 1937, Rosemary Elizabeth Allan (1911-2008), eldest child of Henry Perceval Allan (1881-1966), shipbroker of Bromley, Kent, and his wife Ethel Howard née Buchanan. Rosemary had been a pupil of Gwynne-Jones at the Slade, they had a daughter, Emily [q.v.] who, like her mother, became a gifted artist, and a son. Elected an Associate of the Royal Academy on 22 April 1955 and a Member on 22 April 1965 and appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1980. Owing to failing eyesight he gave up painting in 1979 and he died in the Northleach Hospital, Gloucestershire on 5 August 1982.

Works by This Artist