Herbert Victor Tempest (1913 - 2003)

Troupe of Pierrots Serenading Three Dancers, circa 1932

SKU: 512
Gouache and pencil on paper, 5 1/2 x 13 3/4 in. (14 x 35 cm.)

Height – 14cm x Width – 35cm


These designs for stage sets or murals are likely to date to the period when Tempest was a student at the Royal College of Art, where he trained under William Rothenstein.

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Herbert Victor Tempest
Herbert Victor
1913 - 2003

Painter and teacher, born in Swaffham, Norfolk. He studied at Woolwich Polytechnic School of Art, 1927-32, with Herbert Buckley, and at the Royal College of Art, 1932-36, under William Rothenstein. He showed at the RA, NEAC, RBA and in Doncaster, Gateshead and Sunderland. Public collections in Leicester and Wolverhampton hold examples. He lived in Plumstead, southeast London, and later in Keston, Kent.

Tempest is typical of a certain kind of British painter: he exhibited year in and year out at the RA and NEAC, thus establishing a solid reputation as a talented landscape artist, and yet today he is little known. He was a competent artist, but also one who was capable of producing exceptional works. His suburban views of back gardens, which are part of a uniquely English vision, are equal to the works of many of his better-known contemporaries.