Murals & Decorative Painting 1920-1960

This book is illustrated with a series of specially commissioned photographs that record some of the least known but most remarkable mural cycles in Great Britain. In the vast majority of cases these works have previously only been reproduced in black and white if at all. Today murals are rarely seen as the artist intended. Often they are partially obscured, especially where there has been a change of building use. Frequently works are completely covered up or painted over examples include murals by Mary Sargent Florence, Mary Adshead, Eric Ravilious, Dora Carrington, William Roberts and Gilbert Spencer. Where murals survive they are more often than not displaced works. Historic photographs showing John Piperís The Englishmanís Home at The Festival of Britain, in situ on the river side of the Homes and Gardens Pavilion on Belvedere Road, come as a revelation; a digital reconstruction of Frank Brangwynís Empire panels for The House of Lords, seen in situ as they were originally intended, gives a dramatically more favourable impression than their final installation in The Brangwyn Hall, Swansea.

To requests a copy of this catalogue please email anton@modernbritishartgallery.com.

Works Featured in this catalogue

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SKU: 10598

Frank Brangwyn (1867 - 1956)

The Last Supper, St Joseph’s, Stokesley, 1946
SKU: 10589

Frank Brangwyn (1867 - 1956)

Parrot – Original Study for the Great Empire Panels

£975.00

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SKU: 9877

Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)

Study for the Morley College mural
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SKU: 8632

Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)

Kneeling workman – study for Campion Hall, circa 1940
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SKU: 8522

Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)

Study for The Visitation, c. 1942
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SKU: 8494

Hans Tisdall (1910 - 1997)

Fresco Secco for Dining Hall in a Secondary School Kuwait, for His Highness Sheikh Sir Abdulla Al Subah, early 1950’s
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SKU: 6687

Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)

Sketch for the background landscape of the Hilly Fields mural frieze at Brockley County School for Boys [HMO 429, 552 & 524]
SKU: 6683

Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)

Colour sketch for the Hilly Fields mural frieze at Brockley County School for Boys [HMO 525]

£2,875.00

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SKU: 6684

Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)

Colour sketch for the Hilly Fields mural frieze at Brockley County School for Boys, including incidental sketches [HMO 430]
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SKU: 6686

Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)

Studies for the Brockley mural panel The Country Girl and the Pail of Milk, 1933 [HMO 645]
SKU: 6660

Barbara Jones (1912 - 1978)

Study for Man at Work – a century of technical and social progress, 1961

£2,800.00

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SKU: 6504

Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)

Study for Hebridean Memory, 1951
SKU: 6500

Geoffrey Hamilton Rhoades (1898 - 1980)

Study for a mural design, circa 1920

£470.00

SKU: 5978

Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)

Lunette design for a school mural, 1930’s

£2,300.00

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SKU: 5924
Boats and lobster baskets, Mural Design for a school in Birmingham, circa 1950
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SKU: 5919
Interior with woodburners and plants, Mural Design for a school in Birmingham, circa 1950
SKU: 5914
Study for Boats and lobster baskets, Mural Design for a school in Birmingham, circa 1950

£500.00

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SKU: 5775

Alan Sorrell (1904 - 1974)

Study in two sheets for ‘Working Boats’, Mural of the Nelson Bar, HMS Campania, 1951
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SKU: 5593

Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)

Study for Morley College Mural, 1928
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SKU: 5554

Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)

Study for Morley College mural, far left, circa 1928
SKU: 5501

Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)

Garison Lane Nursery Training School, circa 1930

£1,400.00

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SKU: 5479

Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Design for the ceiling of the Mary Harris Memorial Chapel of Holy Trinity, University of Exeter, 1956
SKU: 5445

Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)

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

£2,500.00

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SKU: 5402

Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)

Study for mural for tea room, Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire, c.1949
SKU: 5307

Frank Brangwyn (1867 - 1956)

Study for Venice Biennale Murals 1905

£1,580.00

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SKU: 5303

Frank Brangwyn (1867 - 1956)

Men carrying a basket -Study for Court of the Ages, Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, 1914
SKU: 5282

Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)

Farmers ploughing, Study for The World’s Food mural, c. 1942

£1,100.00

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SKU: 4807

Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Study for the First Students Union Mural, circa 1964
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SKU: 4722

Archibald Ziegler (1903 - 1971)

Study for the Toynbee Hall murals, 1932
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SKU: 4614

Anne Newland (1913 - 1997)

Study for The Legend of Ceres, inscribed with title and dated 1949-1955
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SKU: 3938

Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)

Muse – study for Campion Hall, circa 1940
SKU: 3876

Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)

Study for the Sleeve of Thomas More, 1932

£1,060.00

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SKU: 3778

Alan Sorrell (1904 - 1974)

Study for the North arch of St Peter’s Church, Bexhill-on-Sea, 1951
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SKU: 3642

Herbert Victor Tempest (1913 - 2003)

The Wedding ceremony, 1930’s
SKU: 3593

Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

Mural design for The Good Intent – Dr Johnson with the Chelsea China Factory, 1935

£975.00

SKU: 3595

Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

Mural design for The Good Intent with Carlyle, Whistler and Stunners, Cremorne Gardens, 1935

£1,580.00

SKU: 3596

Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

Mural design forThe Good IntentCremorne Gardens, 1935

£1,300.00

SKU: 3454

Arthur Kemp (1906 - 1968)

Boxing match, circa 1930

£400.00

SKU: 3386

Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)

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

£1,200.00

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SKU: 3112

Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)

Muse with cello, circa 1950
SKU: 2971

Frank Brangwyn (1867 - 1956)

Study for Man the Creator, circa 1932

£35,000.00

SKU: 2970

Frank Brangwyn (1867 - 1956)

Study for Man the Master 1930-1934

£48,000.00

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SKU: 2653

Frank Brangwyn (1867 - 1956)

A collection of over 20 original designs for SS Empress of Britain, 1930-31
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SKU: 2630

Muriel Minter (1897 - 1983)

Woman leaning against a wall
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SKU: 1094

Eric Fraser (1902 - 1983)

Design for the Glasgow International Exhibition, 1938
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SKU: 1026

Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)

Design for the main staircase of the British Museum 1966
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SKU: 510

Herbert Victor Tempest (1913 - 2003)

Marrying Out of the Faith, circa 1932
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SKU: 512

Herbert Victor Tempest (1913 - 2003)

Troupe of Pierrots Serenading Three Dancers, circa 1932
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SKU: 478
Men Drinking, circa 1936
SKU: 242

Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)

Study for The Birth of the Virgin, c. 1942

£15,000.00

SKU: 235

Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)

Design for the altar wall, Annunciation in an Allotment, partially coloured, circa 1942

£5,750.00

SKU: 226

Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)

Study of a cherub, for Campion Hall, early 1940’s

£1,500.00

SKU: 222

Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)

Design for the altar wall, Annunciation in an allotment, circa 1942

£7,750.00