John Tunnard (1900-1971)

  • signed and dated 55; further signed, titled, dated and inscribed, Phoenix 1955, With best wishes for your birthday. 1956. Love from John on old backboard attached verso
  • gouache on paper, laid on card
  • 18.5 x 27.5cm (7 5/16 x 10 13/16in).
  • Provenance: Mrs Florence Pryde With McRoberts and Tunnard Limited, London, December 1961, where acquired by Mrs Cynthia Sainsbury Private Collection, Germany
  • Literature A. Peat and B. Whitton, John Tunnard: His Life and Works, Scholar Press, Aldershot, 1997, p. 185, no. 642


John Tunnard (1900-1971)

A modernist designer and painter, initially he studied textiles at the Royal College of Art and worked as a designer for Tootal Broadhurst Lee. He began painting in earnest in 1929, before moving to Cornwall in 1930.

Tunnard had his first one man show at The Redfern Gallery in 1933 and exhibited in the Surrealist section of the AIA exhibition in 1937. A retrospective was held at the RA in 1977.

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