Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)

Lockheed Hudson, c.1942


SKU: 487

Thinned oil on paper

13 3/8 x 19 5/8 in. (34 x 50 cm)


Height – 34cm x Width – 50cm

1 in stock


Acquired directly from the Artist’s Daughter

Exhibited: – A Working Method,Young Gallery Salisbury, March- April 2016, Sotheran’s, April-May 2016; ‘Terrain & Conflict: Repercussions’, Young Gallery, Salisbury, November 10, 2018 – December 29, 2018

Literature: Charles Cundall – A Working Method, Edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, published by Liss Llewellyn Fine Art, February 2016.

This is probably a study for Prestwick Airport now in the collection of the Imperial War Museum.

This painting by Cundall has a number of curious characteristics: the aircraft appears to combine the features of a Lockheed Hudson and a Lockheed Ventura
(both of which were used by Coastal Command), whilst omitting the
glazed dorsal gun-turrets characteristic of both. The nose looks like
that of a Bristol Beaufighter, while other aspects resemble the more
obscure Reid and Sigrist Snargasher. Though Cundall sometime
approximated features, a natural consequence of sketching rapidly on
the spot, he was usually an accurate observer of aircraft and
demonstrated considerable knowledge of them. The bright yellow clothing
of the ground staff appears to be yellow oil-skins: high-visibility
clothing was not introduced until the 1970s. On the basis of the
landscape in the background, with a coal-tip pyramid and coal-pit
machinery visible, the setting appears to be the North of England.

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Charles Cundall
1890 - 1971

Painter, potter and stained glass artist, born in Stratford, Lancashire. After working as a designer for Pilkington’s Pottery Company under Gordon Forsyth, Cundall studied at Manchester School of Art, obtaining a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, 1912. After World War I army service he returned to the Royal College in 1918, then from 1919 to 1920 attended the Slade, and furthered his studies in Paris. Cundall traveled widely in several continents and became noted for his panoramic pictures, such as Bank Holiday Brighton, in the Tate Gallery (accession no. NO4700). He was a member of NEAC, RP, RWS and other bodies and was a prolific RA exhibitor. He had first solo show at Colnaghi 1927. He was an Official War Artist in World War II, during which time he was sent to Quebec (1944). In the same year he was elected RA. His wife was the artist Jacqueline Pietersen.

His technical facility – especially when working on large panoramic canvases – was remarkable. His pictures are rich with texture, light and movement. He was equally at ease with aerial views, landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes, and was a master of crowd scenes. His work as an Official War Artist has never received the attention it merits.


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
H.M.S. Cyclops, Portsmouth


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
The Pool of London


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
Open goods wagon


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
Townscape with terraced housing


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
Brewery sketch Watneys, circa1953


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
Crowd watching a regatta


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
Newport, 1963


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
Garage behind town houses


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
Sketch for Fair at Waterville Co Kerry, circa 1950


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
Sketch for Prospect Mills


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
Two sketches of Cannes, 1964-65


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
Steel Company of Wales, Abbey Works Port Talbot IV


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
Study for The Thames at WindsorA Regatta Scene (B)


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
Study for the Central Cricket & Recreation Ground, Hastings, c.1952


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
B. Sketch for Demolition of St Thomas, 1968


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
Complete contents of the London Sketchbook


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
Study of London docks


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
Study for The Hipper at Kiel, c. 1945


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
Study of arms and hands


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
Calm in the Baltic, 1935


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
Red brick house in field


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
Study for Cricket match


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
Possibly a study for Tobermory from the Admirals Flagship, c. 1942


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
View of the village


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
Approaching the Bridge, 1935


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
Coronation Stand, Westminster Abbey, 1953


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
Warwick Castle


Charles Cundall (1890 - 1971)
Tuilleries Gardens, 1955