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19th, 20th & 21st Century Artists

Grenville Cottingham RSMA RBA
(1943 - 2007)
"The Royal Exchange 1981"
watercolour 14 x 24 ins

Grenville George Cottingham was a painter in oil and watercolour, he was born in Exeter on 16th April 1943 and educated at Exeter School, Exeter College of Art and Liverpool College of Art. Exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of Marine Artists, The Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and had one-man shows at Hallam Gallery, Bruton Street Gallery and Barnes Gallery. His work is in the collections of P&O; Marine Society, Royal Fusiliers, RN Reserve (London Division), Royal Artillery, Woolwich and the London Mutual. He has published various books. Grenville was a member of the Wapping Group of Artists and died in 2007.

Sydney Foley ROI RSMA
(1916 - 2001)

"St Pauls from Cheapside"
oil 12 x 18 ins

Sydney Foley ROI RSMA (1916 - 2001)
Sydney Foley was born in Tottenham in 1916 and was the secretary to his County School art club. He won a "Saturday Morning Scholarship" to the Hornsey School of Art but decided not to take it up. After serving in the Royal Artillery between 1939 and 1946 he qualified as a Chartered Secretary as well as attending night school at Hornsey Art School and working full time in Sunbury Education Office where he rose to be third in command by the time he retired. In order to further his art education after training at night school he did a correspondence course through Pitman's College (Jack Merriott was the tutor) and the course included short spells attending workshops with Jack Merriott in Storrington in Sussex. Sydney and Jack became good friends. Madge, Sydney's wife, worked as an editor for Hansard and traveled extensively with her job, it was at her initiative the he went on a Gallion Painting Holiday with John Seabrook and Edward Swann with whom he formed a lifelong friendship and through this connection he attended The Langham and the London Sketch Club, eventually joining both. He had to paint part time before he retired and worked as an outdoor painter in oils and watercolour, on marines, landscape and townscape subjects. Much of his painting is of the Rivers Thames and Medway and of East Anglia but he has worked on the continent, especially Venice. Sydney exhibited at the major London galleries and had many one-man exhibitions. He won several awards for his work including the Stanley Grimm Prize at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He was a member of the Royal Society of Oil Painters, the Royal Society of Marine Artists (1983) , the United Society of Artists, the London Sketch Club and the Walton on Thames Art Group (he was their President). He joined the Wapping Group of Artists in 1979 (after he retired) and was their President from 1992 to 1997. He lived in Laleham.

Sybil Mullen-Glover RSMA RI RWA 1908 - 1995
"A Summer Interlude"
watercolour 11 x 18 ins

Sybil Mullen-Glover RSMA RI RWA 1908 - 1995
Sybil Mullen Glover was born in Cheshire, studied at St. Martin's School of Art and with private tutors, notably R V Pitchforth. Latterly she lived and worked in Devonshire. She exhibited in the United States and Sweden and at the Royal Academy, Royal Scottish Academy , New English Art Club, Royal Institute of Oil Painters and most of the leading galleries in this country. She is a gold and silver medallist of the Paris Salon and Member of the Chelsea Arts Club. She made history when elected the first woman council member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Plymouth City Gallery, Brighton Art Gallery, the National Maritime Museum, the Walsall Art Gallery and the Sweyne School. Reviewing her last exhibition at the Radlett Gallery in "Arts Review", Oliver Beckett wrote: "the washes are carefully controlled… her skies are overcast and the waters calm, inducing a mood or reverie. There is a sensitive spirit here best shown in her remarkably atmospheric scenes of castle, port or mountain, some quite small." In the "Review" Jean Carr wrote: "her watercolours have a simplicity which is the art of perfection. One is aware of Sybil Mullen Glover's outstanding and acclaimed professional skill and one could live in peace and harmony with every single one of the pictures in this exhibition." She shared shows with Sir Hugh Casson and Francis Russell Flint and she had a solo exhibition in Plymouth Art Gallery in 1979

Roland Batchelor RWS
"Carrying the Catch"
watercolour 6 x 7.5 ins

Bernard William Roland Batchelor RWS (1889-1990)
Roland Batchelor's primary subject was ordinary French life presented with a warmth and sharpness of vision. The results were as close to Gallic film comedies as to the work of his two favourite artists, Daumier and Toulouse-Lautrec. Roland Batchelor was born in Chelsea on 16 October 1889. He drew and painted from an early age, and established his primary subject from a school trip to France: a relaxed view of life in the country comparable to French film comedies and work of Daumier and Lautrec. He entered the Civil Service in 1905, and attended evening classes given by Punch artist George Morrow at the Putney School of Art; his comic contributions to the Civil Service Opinion were obviously influenced by Morrow's teaching. After serving in France and Italy during the First World War, he studied under Harry Watson at the Regent Street Polytechnic; at the same time, he discovered a volume on Rembrandt which helped him to develop hid characteristically lively line. He learnt etching from William Palmer Robins at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and made the acquaintance of his most important teacher, Middleton Todd. Batchelor exhibited watercolours at the RA from 1937, and watercolour proved to be his essential medium, fitted to his light subjects (some of which have affinities with the work of Ardizzone). In 1949, he retired as Chief Executive Officer in the Customs and Excise Department, and returned, with his son Bernard Batchelor, to study under Middleton Todd, at the City and Guilds School. Elected to the Royal Society of Painters in Water-Colours (ARWS 1957, RWS 1966), he was the subject of a retrospective at the Bankside Gallery in 1987. He died on 6th October 1990.

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