Rudolph Ihlee (1883 - 1968)

WestwoodWorks in Peterborough in production during the First WorldWar, 1918

SKU: 2584

Signed and dated in plate

Image size: 15 1/4  x 10 3/4 in. (38.7 x 27.3 cm.)


Height – 27.3cm x Width – 38.7cm


Mr J. Pidcock.

Portfolio of five lithographs

Provenance: Mr J. Pidcock.

lithographs were produced by Rudolph Ihlee when he was working in
theWestwoodWorks drawing office in Peterborough, during the First World
War . He was the brother of F.C. Ihlee, Chairman of the Board of
During the war most of [WestwoodWorks’] own production ceased
and in common with other engineering factories they went on to war
work. This included, Cordite Mixers, Field Ovens,Diesel engines for
lorries, tractors and tanks, the 6″ Howitzer Field Gun and various
miscellaneous jobs. From 1917 onwards they collaborated with
Joseph Baker & Sons in the manufacture of Base Bakeries for the
Army (Sir Ivor Baker , A Synopsis of the History of Baker Perkins,
Peterborough 1946).

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Rudolph Ihlee
1883 - 1968

Painter and draughtsman, born in London. He was apprenticed to Ferranti as an engineer in 1902, but entered Slade School of Fine Art, 1906-10, where he proved a brilliant student, winning many prizes. After two solo shows at Carfax Gallery, 1912-14, Ihlee worked as an engineering draughtsman in Peterborough during World War I. The year after he became a member of NEAC, in 1921 Ihlee had a successful show at Leicester Galleries, but then settled in Collioure, in the south of France. Although he had a solo exhibition at Chenil Gallery in 1926, between the wars his life qnd exhibiting career was in France; his second wife, Isabelle, was French. He returned to England when World War II broke out, working in a factory in Leicester, settling eventually in West Deeping, Lincolnshire. He had a solo show at St Peter’s College Hall, Peterborough, with Arts Council support, in 1951, and another in Sleaford in 1968. There was a show seven years after he died at Rutland Sixth Form College, Oakham, then in 1978 a retrospective at Graves Art Gallery in Sheffield and Belgrave Gallery. Victoria & Albert Museum, Manchester City Art Gallery and Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford, hold work. (The family pronunciation of Ihlee is Eelay, although Ighly is common.)

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