Fabulous Oil on Board of HM The Queen Princess Elizabeth by Allan Gwynne Jones
Image Size H:300mm W:360mm
ALLAN GWYNNE-JONES (1892-1982) "H M The Queen when Princess Elizabeth" study for No. 47 depicting the Princess in Windsor Great Park, oil on board, unsigned, inscribed on labels verso handwritten "Study of HRH in Windsor Great Park for painting in possession of HRH made on the spot, the head is approximately the size of the head in the actual painting Nov 1944 which is approx. 25 × 30 inches by Allan Gwynne-Jones on house side of the sketch of …" and on printed label "40* HM The Queen when Princess Elizabeth, study for No. 47, the head is the same size as in the completed picture, and was painted out of doors in Windsor Great Park, oil on paper, 1944
36 cm x 30 cm image only
Gwynne-Jones was born in Richmond, Surrey. He was educated at Bedales School and then qualified as a solicitor, but never practised. He instead developed a love of art and began painting watercolours. In 1914 he began a course at the Slade School of Fine Art, but three months later was commissioned into the Welsh Guards Cheshire Regiment. He was wounded and awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. After demobilisation in 1919 he taught at the Royal College of Art where he became Professor of Painting between 1923 and 1930, when he resigned to join the staff of the Slade School of Fine Art. He continued teaching at the Slade until 1958, gaining renown for his own painting, most notably portraits and paintings of flowers.
Gwynne-Jones became a Royal Academician in 1956. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1980, two years before his death. Gwynne-Jones was married to the artist Rosemary Allan and lived in Eastleach Turville, Gloucestershire, their daughter, Emily Gwynne-Jones, also became an artist. A joint exhibition of works by the Gwynne-Jones family was held in 1997.
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