promote greater awareness of the life and work
of Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe OBE, RA 1901-1979"
President: Robert Gillmor - Past President SWLA
Tunnicliffe's work was exhibited Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions from
1928 to 1979 - about which there is a another page on this website.
help earn a living as an artist he not only painted pictures for
but also for exhibitions arranged by commercial art galleries, especially
The Tryon Gallery, and he called this his bread-and-butter work.
1938 an exhibition of his work was organised by Arthur Greatorex Ltd., Print
Publishers and Dealers in Works of Art, 14 Grafton Street, London. We
do not have detailed information about the exhibits, but the story goes
exhibition included a number of oil paintings on unprimed cloth, probably
linen and/or silk, and to Tunnicliffe's great disappointmentthey
did not sell.
The exhibition also included some of his superb
of birds and farm animals and presumably they did sell. Ironically
the oil paintings from this exhibition were in fact very
good are now sought after, realising
high prices at auctions.
April and May 1953 there
was an exhibition original watercolours
of "Bird Subjects", on show
in London, organised by Rowland Ward Ltd.
Charles Tunnicliffe also exhibited at the Manchester Academy of Fine
"commercial" exhibitions of Charles Tunnicliffe's artwork were arranged
The Tryon and Moorland Galleries, as can be seen from the following
upon their exhibition catalogues and lists. Many of the titles
are intriguing as
most of the paintings are now in private collections or homes and may
never be seen
again in exhibitions - The Daylight Hours, Through the Flags, Welcome
to Arthur's Seat, Bubbly Jack, First Rain After Drought, Flowery Hover
Tryon Gallery - 1962
Tryon Gallery - 1966
Moorland Gallery Ltd - 1976
information about any these Tunnicliffe exhibitions, and any others during his lifetime, would be
helpful, interesting and most welcome.