The Woodsman by Charles Ernest Cundall. Oil on canvas, signed. 25 3/4ins x 21ins.
Born in Lancashire in 1890. He studied at Manchester School of Art, and the Slade School. His first solo show was in 1927 at Colnaghi's.
Charles Ernest Cundall painted oils and watercolours, mainly landscapes, town scenes and portraits. In his early years he designed pottery and stained glass for Pilkington's. He exhibited at the RA , RWS and RP. He was known for his landscape painting and often painted on a large scale, he was wounded in his right arm in WW1 and had to learn to paint with his left. He still managed to get a scholarship for the RCA in London.
Cundall was commissioned in WW2 by the admiralty to paint Merchant Navy wartime activity. He also did large paintings for the Royal Airforce depicting the Battle of Britain. Cundall's work is noted for its accuracy.
In later years his work as a landscape painter grew, he became a gifted portraitist and water colourist. He was a member of all three societies RA, RWS and RP.
Cundall lived in London and died in November 1971.