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Saltwood Castle, Nr Hythe

Thomas Hennell (1903-1945)


Price
£1,450

Signed
Inscribed with title and dated 1922 below mount

Medium
Watercolour and pencil

Dimensions
7 ½ x 11 inches

Exhibited
'A Century of British Art: 1900-1945', Chris Beetles Gallery, 21 June-17 July 2021, No 162

Thomas Hennell produced this watercolour soon after he began to study at Regent Street Polytechnic, London, in 1921, at the age of eighteen.

Situated in Hennell’s home county of Kent, Saltwood Castle was built near Hythe in the eleventh century, and expanded in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. In 1953, it became the home of the art historian, Sir Kenneth Clark (1903-1983), who had long recognised Hennell’s talents. While Clark was Director of the National Gallery, he had both chosen Hennell to contribute to the scheme, ‘Recording Britain’, in 1940, and helped appoint him an official war artist in 1943.


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