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Enemy Action in Chelsea

Cecil Arthur Hunt (1873-1965)


Signed, inscribed 'Chelsea' and dated 1941
Inscribed with title and 'On the Embankment', and dated 1941 on original backboard

Watercolour with bodycolour

15 x 10 ¾ inches

Royal Society of Painters In Water-Colours, Spring 1943, No 20;
'Cecil Arthur Hunt VPRWS RBA', Chris Beetles Gallery, October 1996, No 15;
'A Century of British Art: 1900-1945', Chris Beetles Gallery, 21 June-17 July 2021, No 182

From 1911 until his death in 1965, Cecil Arthur Hunt lived at Mallord House, on the corner of Mallord Street and Old Church Street, Chelsea, London. It was designed for him by the architect, Ralph Knott, who was later responsible for County Hall. Remaining there throughout the war, he drew bomb damaged buildings in his neighbourhood. Always attracted to the drama and pathos of a subject, he added bomb ruins to the list of distinctive manmade structures that he recorded – including slag heaps and quarries, bridges and castles – which paralleled his beloved mountains.

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