promote greater awareness of the life and work
of Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe OBE, RA 1901-1979"
President: Robert Gillmor - Past President SWLA
Tunnicliffe studied at the Royal College of Art and, after
his diploma with
distinction in 1923, he stayed in London to develop a career
etcher and engraver. At that time there was a good
high-quality etchings as
investments, but towards
end of the 1920's
the general financial climate changed and the demand for etchings fell away.
In London he often visited
London Zoo and the Natural History Museum to sketch
animals and birds, but at the
RCA a lot of time
was spent drawing and
painting life studies.
In his fourth year at the RCA
he became absorbed by the art of
and met Malcolm Salaman,
who had good contacts with publishers
and dealers and helped
Charles to sell his etchings.
Tunnicliffe's etching of
At the RCA Charles Tunnicliffe met his wife-to-be,Winifred Wonnacott,
and they married after Charles returned to live in Macclesfield in
"Charles and Winfred"
At the RCA many of Charles
Tunniciliffe's fellow students later became well-known
and highly respected artists; including Roland Vivian Pitchforth, Douglas
Percy Bliss, Edward Burra,
Eric Ravilious, Frederick Dixon, Enid Marx, John Tunnard,
Barnett Feedman, Raymond Coxon, Edward
Bawden and Charles Mahoney. .
Examples of theses artists' work can be found on various websites
on the Internet; such as the website for Frederick Clifford Dixon. Home