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Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)

Study of Crown Imperials

SKU: 2160
Watercolor over pencil, 15 5/8 9 7/8 in. (39,5 x 25 cm.)
Presentation:
mounted

Size:
Height – 25cm x Width – 5cm

DESCRIPTION

Provenance:
The Artist’s Studio

Mahoney’s interest in formal gardens and plants such as auriculas and old roses ‚Äì all deeply unfashionable at the time
– is typical of the originality and independence of his vision. His unbridled enthusiasm for plants was shared with
Edward Bawden, Geoffrey Rhoades, John Nash and Evelyn Dunbar, with whom he swapped cuttings by post. The
correspondence between this circle is full of exchanges about the discovery, nurturing and drawing of new potential
subjects. Mahoney’s plant studies are so remarkably complete in their own right that it is barely possible to attempt to
mark a line between botanical study and still life. The two became one and the same; and although some of his
compositions were clearly arranged, they rarely appear contrived.

For drawing, Mahoney liked a textured paper, soft to the touch, such as Ingres, or still better, hand-made papers from
firms such as Hayle Mill or Barcham Green. Occasionally he bought cheap sketchbooks from Woolworth’s because
he found the paper so sympathetic as a surface for drawing. For his earliest drawings he used mainly B or 2B
pencils, but he later preferred Black Prince or carbon pencils. He often used charcoal, adding white or red crayons to
highlight drawings. Sometimes he combined these with conté crayons or pastels. For his later drawings he preferred
pen and wash, taking great trouble to mix and dilute his inks until he achieved the required tone and colour. His
drawing pens were either reservoir nibs in holders or else cartridge pens.

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THE ARTIST

Charles Mahoney
Charles
Mahoney
1903 - 1968

In his memoir Since 50, Men & Memories 1922-1938 (New York,1940, p. 236) the first two names that appear on William Rothenstein list of top Royal College of Art students were Henry Moore and Charles Mahoney – the list continues with the names of luminaries such as Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Barnett Freedman Edward Le Bas, and Evelyn Dunbar. The process of reassuring Mahoney’s place in 20th century British Art has had several important milestones including the 1975 Ashmolean exhibition, the Liss Fine Art/Fine Art Society touring show (2000) and Mahoney’s predominant feature in Tate Britain’s The Art of the Garden, (2005) – but the process of reassessment still has a long way to go.

Painter, muralist, draughtsman and teacher. Born Cyril Mahoney in London – his fellow-student Barnett Freedman re-christened him Charlie at the Royal College of Art, which he attended 1922-6 after a period at Beckenham School of Art under Percy Jowett. Early on, Mahoney established a reputation as a conscientious teacher. He was at the Royal College 1928-53, from 1948-53 as a painting tutor, and was noted there for his concern for academic discipline. His portrait is included in Rodrigo Moynihan’s celebrated Teaching Staff of the Painting School at the Royal College of Art, 1949-50. From 1954 to 1963 he taught at the Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting and from 1961 to 1968 at the Royal Academy Schools. He painted murals at Morley College 1928-30 with his colleagues Eric Ravillious and Edward Bawden. Unfortunately these murals were destroyed during World War II. The work led to further murals: at Brockley School, Kent, with Evelyn Dunbar; and at Campion Hall Lady Chapel, Oxford. His oil paintings are frequently of a religious nature. He was a skilled botanist, and many of his drawings depict his garden at Wrotham, Kent. He exhibited at NEAC and the RA, being made an RA elect in 1968. He is represented in the Tate Gallery and other public collections. The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, held a memorial exhibition in 1975. Exhibitions were held in 2000 at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, Royal Museum and Art Gallery, Canterbury, and the Fine Art Society plc in association with Liss Fine Art.

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Study for praying woman, kneeling in profile, Campion Hall Chapel, circa 1942

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Study for Autumn, 1950

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Allegory of Four Winds, circa 1925

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The Emblems of the Virgin, a study for Campion Hall , early 1940

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Study for the Morley College mural

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A small Christmas Tree, circa 1940

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Thistles in a glass jar, circa 1930

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A sheet of studies of roses

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Bathsheba, late 1940’s

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Gas Mask Drill, Ambleside, circa 1942

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Gas Mask Drill, Ambleside, circa 1942

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Study of a soldier for Our Lady of Mercy, 1942
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Encampment

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Street scene – design for a mural, circa 1925

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Christmas tree in pot, 1956

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Study for Morley College Mural, 1928

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Portrait of a young man, three quarter view, head, circa 1930

£775.00

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Study for The Clock and The Dial, mural at Brockley County School (now Prendergast – Hilly Fields School) 1935

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Caravan at Penvensey, ’58

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Study for Morley College Mural, The Pleasures of Life, circa 1928

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Ambleside, circa 1942

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Landscape with Chesnut Tree, circa 1930

£1,960.00

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Portloe, circa 1957

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Still life with artist’s pamphlet Christmas Coleus, 1940’s

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Study of a lower arm

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Details study of a pear tree

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Rural Cottage

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Figure outside house – circa 1935

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Study for the Sleeve of Thomas More, 1932

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The Willow Grove, Great Bardfield, Spring 1933

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Distant view of Cotswolds Farm cottage, late 1920s

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Roses

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Study of various flowers

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Mullein leaves with mildew silvering the greens

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The Artist and his Muses, c 1950

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Allegory

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Study of an apple tree with finch

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Women and Flowers

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The Emblems of the Virgin, design for Campion Hall altarpiece, circa 1941

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Gourd

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Study of plant bulbs, circa 1940

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The waiting room, circa 1930

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Dorethy, the artist’s wife, sewing, circa 1945
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Woodburner, circa 1940

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Study of the artist’s hat

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Study for the Garden full length

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Study for woman on ladder, Autumn, circa 1951

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Drapery Study for a Muse, 1927

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Still life in an orange box with Sweet Williams and Iris

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Standing nude, rear view

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The Art Student, circa 1960

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Woman Reading, circa 1950

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The return of the prodigal son, mid 1920’s

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Decorated hat, circa 1950

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Study of dress

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The Artist’s bedroom at The Queens Hotel, Ambleside, circa 1941

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Study of Anemones in a decorated vase

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The hearth at Oak Cottage, circua 1938

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The beach at Pevensey, circa 1958

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Two boys playing on a street pavement

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Study for The Birth of the Virgin, c. 1942

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Illustration to Children’s fable, circa 1930
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Bonfire of the vanities, circa 1950

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