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Thomas Hennell RWS NEAC (1903-1945)

Thomas Barclay Hennell, RWS NEAC (1903-1945)

Thomas Hennell expressed his love of landscape and rural life in words and images that were at once accurate and intense. Late in his short career, he became an Official War Artist, and presented aspects of the international conflict through his unique vision, from Iceland to Java, where he is presumed to have been killed.

Thomas Hennell was born in Ridley, Kent on 16 April 1903. He grew up in his father’s rectory at Ridley, and was educated at Bradfield College, Berkshire. Moving to London to study art at the Regent Street Polytechnic (1921-25), he became influenced by the work and personality of A S Hartrick. He was also greatly inspired by Marion Richardson who taught him in a final pedagogical year at the London Day Training School (1925-26).

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