Modern British Art by Stuart Armfield: Props, circa 1951 |





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Stuart Armfield:
Props, circa 1951

Framed (ref: 479)
Signed and titled on the reverse
Egg tempera on panel, 24 × 20 in. (61 × 50.8 cm.)

Tags: maritime still lives Surrealists

Provenance: private collection, USA
Exhibited: Society of British Artists, year unknown

On the evidence of the address on the reverse, this painting can be dated to around 1951, when the artist moved from Polperro to Looe (both in  Cornwall). Armfield, like his uncle, Maxwell, was an expert on tempera painting; in 1958 he published Tempera Painting (London and New York); he also broadcast on the subject on television.

The number on the propeller is its component number, and not the parent vessel’s registration.

We are grateful to Geoff Hassell for his assistance.

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