21st Century Gallery
Original pen and ink drawing 'American aircraft landing at Prestwick aerodrome c.1944 by Richard Walker 1925-2009
REF: 2374 / LA316592
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Provenance; Purchased by me from Richard Walker at his studio in 2008. Richard was a portrait, figure and landscape painter and printmaker. Born in Croydon, by the age 13 he had won the Royal Drawing Society’s Founders Medal and in 1945 he had a painting hung in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. He went to Canford School where he excelled at Art, but the war intervened and he was called into service with the RAF. During this time he produced a series of intimate watercolours and drawings capturing life in wartime Britain. His subject matter included, the American forces, the Home Guard, Music, flying bombs, D Day and the V1’s and 2’s. After a spell at Oxford, he trained at Croydon Art School and became a student teacher there before going to the Slade School of Art in London where he studied under William Coldstream. He was a professional artist since art school, specializing in portraiture and landscape painting in both oils and watercolours. Portraits by Richard Walker hang in the Royal College of Music, Reading Art Gallery and the Civic Hall at Guildford, etc. His portrait of the war hero Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader, DSO, DFC is in the possession of the Bader family. His painting of the London landscape viewed from the Barbican is in the Museum of London and a similar example of his expressive but detailed style is a painting of Canford School which is now displayed within that school. Richard Walker was elected a member of the United Society of Artists and of the Society of Graphic Artists, and he exhibited widely including at the Paris Salon and Royal Society of Portrait Painters. There is a view looking over to Ailsa Craig on the reverse.
21st Century Gallery has clarified that the Original pen and ink drawing 'American aircraft landing at Prestwick aerodrome c.1944 by Richard Walker 1925-2009 (LA316592) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c.1944
The painting is in good condition
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