The Charles Tunnicliffe Society
Established 2005
"To promote greater awareness of the life and work of
Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe OBE, RA  1901-1979"

Nicholson Avenue - Macclesfield
When Charles Tunnicliffe moved back to Macclesfield in 1928 he bought
a house in Hurdsfield, Macclesfield, where he set about earning a living
creating agricultural-related artwork for advertising companies. 

He had no illusions about working  in a
secluded peaceful north-lit studio,
instead he worked many long hours in his own special studio, which was
a shed in the garden!  His attention to detail, and ablity to master
commercial techniques, brought him all the work he could cope with.

34 Nicholson Avenue in 2006

At this time he felt that his links with the farm at Sutton Lane Ends
had finally gone; his father had died in 1925 and his mother had
since moved into a house he had bought for her.  When Charles could
find some time to get away from his garden shed studio he sketched
and painted the landscape around Macclesfield; the canal, fields, hills
and farmsteads, as well as the Cheshire meres and their birdlife. 

It was from Hurdsfield that he began his book-illustration work,
starting with 'Tarka the Otter' for Henry Williamson, published
in 1932 - this was a troubled working relationship that lasted until
'Salar the Salmon' was published in 1935/36.

No doubt during his time at Nicholson Avenue Charles gathered
together copious notes and sketches for two of his well-known books;
"My Country Book' published 1942, "Bird Portraiture" published in1945
and 'Mereside Chronicle' published in 1948.

Lee Farm - an illustration from "My Country Book".

Guilemots - an illustration from "Bird Portraiture"

Canada Goose - an illustration from "Mereside Chronicle"

After years of hard commercial artwork Charles felt that there was little new for
him to draw and paint from the landscape around his home area of Macclesfield. 
Winifred and Charles enjoyed visits to Anglesey and knew Malltraeth quite well, so
when 'Shorelands' came up for sale they took the opportunity to start a new phase
 in their life together.  Initially Winifred continued to teach and Charles found new
inspiration from the wonderful scenery, bird life and wild life to be found at
locations such as the Cefni Estuary, Cob Lake and South Stack.

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