The Old Fifth Tee Cowdray,1937
|Title:||A View from the Old Fifth Tee Cowdray,1937|
|Artist:||Claude Muncaster (1903-1974) British|
|Detail:||Watercolour: 8 ½ x 11 in. frame. 19 x 22 in. Signed. Signed & inscribed to artist's label verso.|
Claude Muncaster was a Marine and landscape painter, etcher, illustrator, writer and lecturer. Born 4 July 1903, West Chittington, Sussex, son of Oliver Hall RA. Educated at Queen Elizabeth School, Cranbrook, Kent, 1914-19. He had no formal art training but studied – by copying works of landscape – under the direction of his father, launching his career as a landscape painter at the age or 15.
First exhibited, as Grahame Hall at the R.A, 1921/2 .He adopted the name of Claude Muncaster in 1922 .First solo exhibition Fine Arts Society, 1926. Associate of the Royal Watercolour Society, 1931, and full member from 1936. Founder member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, and later president (1958-74). Made several sea voyages, writing and illustrating his experiences in Rolling Round the Horn, 1933. During WWII served in the RNVR, advising on camouflage of shipping.
He exhibited extensively and his work is held world-wide, including the Tate Gallery. Watercolours of royal residences commissioned by Queen Elizabeth, 1946-7. Author of: The Students’ Book of Watercolour Painting, 1938; Landscape and Marine Painting in Oils and Watercolours, 1958.He died on 30 November1974 at his home in Sutton nr Pullborough.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II. Martin Muncaster: The Wind in the Oak, 1978
The Rowley Gallery, London. (old label verso)