CUNDALL, Charles Ernest

1890 - 1971

Charles Ernest Cundall

Charles Ernest Cundall, was born at Cromwell Street, Stretford, Barton-upon-Irwell, Lancashire on 6 September 1890 and seems to have been baptised Charles Ernst, on 2 October 1890, son of Charles Hellyer Cundall (1848-1903), a Manila merchant, and his wife Elizabeth Mary née Fletcher (1854-1932), who married in Hong Kong Cathedral. In 1891, Ernest was living at Cromwell Street, with his parents, 42 year old Charles and 37 year old Elizabeth with three, of four, sibling brothers, Philip Henry 4, Herbert Fletcher 3 and Walter Louis 1. Charles and his brother Herbert spent their early years in Manila, Philippines and the family spent some time in Australia. Charles was educated at Ackworth School, Yorkshire and at Manchester Grammar School and in 1907, apprenticed at Pilkington's Lancastrian Pottery & Tiles, painting lustre ware and then studied at the Manchester School of Art, obtaining a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in 1912. Whilst serving with the Royal Fusiliers in the First World War, in 1916 he was badly wounded in the right arm and had to learn to paint with his left hand before returning to the Royal College of Art in 1918, studying under William Lethaby (1857-1932) and he then studied at the Slade School of Art 1919-1920 under Henry Tonks (1862-1937) and Philip Wilson Steer continuing his studies in Paris. In 1923 he married artist Jaqueline Pieterson, a fellow student at the Royal College of Art. In the early 1920s, Cundall travelled widely in Europe including Italy, Sweden, Russia and Spain. A painter of topographical subjects and townscapes being known for his panoramic pictures including 'Bank Holiday Brighton' (1933), which is now in the Tate Gallery and in 1933 elected a Member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. He had his first solo show at Colnaghi's in 1927 and exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club in 1933 an oil, 'The Loire Valley' but exhibited widely including at the Royal Academy and Birmingham Art Gallery in 1929. At the beginning of the Second World War, appointed an Official War Artist. He died at Flat 4G, Airlie House, Airlie Gardens, Kensington, London W.8, on 4 November 1971. (Charles Cundall (1890-1971) by Paul Liss and others. 2016)

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