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The Society Annual Holiday - 21 to 26 September 2012

Based in Richmond, Yorkshire, the holiday was well attended with 45 members enjoying a very full programme. The highlight was the visit to the Green Howards Museum in Richmond and the visit to 1st Battalion Scots Guards, Catterick where a number of Cuneo originals were on display for members to enjoy.

Peter Collins, the Society Chairman, about to introduce Canon Richard Cooper, Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen and to the Green Howards Regiment, who gave the talk about the Green Howards and the Museum
Some of the attentive audience at the Green Howard Museum in September 2012

The holiday also included visits through Wensleydale via Aysgarth Falls and Hawes to Wensleydale Creamery, and a return through Swaledale. Members were reminded of Terence Cuneo's charming painting of Wensleydale Station

"Stilton Junction" (Wensleydale Station)

The following day there was a trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Pickering to Whitby (for the fish and chips), and on the final day there was a visit to Raby Castle and the Bowes Museum.

"The London Walk" - 21 November 2012

Ten original paintings were seen on this "walk". Starting at the Royal Academy of Engineering, members were able to enjoy "Salisbury Cathedral" and "Coventry Cathedral" in the minimalist setting of the Rolls Royce Room. An historical background to the Royal Academy and its building at 3 Carlton House Terrace, and to the acquisition of these two superb works was given by Ms Sarah Philbrick.


Later at RAF Hendon a further eight paintings were seen, including one by Cyrus Cuneo painted exactly 100 years ago. An excellent introduction was provided by Andrew Cormack, with many questions answered by him during the viewings.


Andrew Cormack and Peter Collins

"Glider Assault, D-Day"
"The Last Halifax"
"Happy Landing" - tyre production
"Miles Marathon in Flight"

Above are four of the six military paintings by Terence Cuneo that were on display, and below the one by Cyrus Cuneo. The aircraft in the "The Last Halifax" was downed in Europe but has been brought back and is one of the featured exhibits on view in the main hall.


"Hendon Aerodrome, the Paddock Enclosure", 1912

 

Annual General Meeting - Saturday 23 March 2013

This meeting took place at Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey at 11:00 followed by a buffet lunch. Approximately 60 members attended, most of whom spent time afterwards visiting the various exhibits and well stocked shop in the many buildings making up the Museum.

Seventeen members later enjoyed the evening celebratory meal at the Holiday Inn, Woking, organised by John and Jenny Warner.


Brooklands Museum Clubhouse where the AGM was held


The Spirit of Brooklands 1932

(This painting by Terence Cuneo depicts the August Bank Holiday Meeting at Brooklands in 1932. Sir Henry Birkin's 4.5 litre Bentley versus John Cobb's 10.5 litre Delage, which had once held the World Land Speed Record, at speed on the banking at the 1932 August Bank Holiday Meeting.)

The Chairman Opens the AGM

The President giving her Address

Cocktail time in Woking

Dinner under way

 

"At Home", Bournemouth - Saturday 8 June 2013

40 members attended this event, enjoying a perfect day weatherwise. On display were three Terence Cuneo originals, two Rinaldo Cuneo originals, and a host of prints, and Cuneo ephemera. A collection of work by John Austin and John Hayden, both members of the Guild of Railway Artists was also on display with their artist creators.


"Cornish Riviera Express" "Night Express "Tanya" and Rinaldo and Cyrus Works


Lunchtime in the sunshine


With John Austin and With John Hayden

 

Officers' Mess Visit, Deepcut, Surrey - Saturday 27 July 2013

This return visit formed three parts: viewing of the Mess paintings and silver; a visit to the medals room and a visit to the RLC Museum.


Our Programme, and Peter introducing Colonel Drew Fielden

Four of the six Terence Cuneo originals that were on display:


"Dining In", Mess Night (1994) and "Sword Beach D Day" (1984)


"Sustaining Forward" (1992) and "Outrage", Sefton (1982)





Some of the magnificent silver collection


Lt Colonel David Owen telling us some stories behind the medal collection, and part of the medal room

Inside the Museum
The famous print "Good Bye Old Man, Goodbye"

 

"The London Walk" - Wednesday 13 November 2013

The day started with a visit to the British Forces Post Office at RAF Northolt and then on to the British Postal Museum & Archive near Mount Pleasant. Twelve original Cuneo paintings were seen.

At the BFPO:-

Colonel Stark about to begin the presentation

The Parcel and Packet Sorting Machine at work

Portrait of Terence Cuneo in Colonel Heron's office


The group gathered in Colonel Heron's office

At the BPMA:-

Some members in the Research Room


Cuneo's five Railway paintings and the Post Office Tower

The Society Annual Holiday - 19 to 24 September 2013

This year's Cuneo Holiday was centred in Faversham, Kent. It was well attended with a quarter of the Society's membership partaking. Highlights this year were the visit to the Regimental Headquarters of the Royal Engineers in Chatham where nine original Cuneo paintings were seen, and to the 1st/2nd Battalion of the Royal Gurkha Rifles in Shornecliffe where a further five original paintings were available for members to study.

The Conservatory at the Royal Engineers where nine Terence Cuneo paintings are on display
Members enjoying a chat over curry lunch after looking at the five Terence Cuneo originals

An original painting was also enjoyed at the Eurotunnel Headquarters in Folkestone, and one at the Sutton Valence School near Maidstone, where Terence Cuneo studied from 1919 to 1925.

"Le Shuttle" on one of the two crossovers under the Channel
Members enjoying the talk by Society member David Pickard in the art room that Terence Cuneo studied in ninety years ago. (His enrolment form can just be seen on the screen in the foreground!)

Members also had the opportunity to visit Chatham Historic Dockyard, Dover Castle, the Shepherd Neame brewery in Faversham (with beer sampling!) and the Battle of Britain Memorial site at Capel-le-Ferne, Folkestone.

"D-Day"
A print of this painting was on display in the Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment Museum at Dover Castle

A new venture this year were the two after-dinner sessions, the first being Bernard Slatter reminiscing about his life as a child in London during the War; the second was John Austin talking about his life and explaining how Terence Cuneo had influenced his career as a full time Railway artist.

Society member John Austin illustating how his artistic life had been influenced by Terence Cuneo

AGM - Saturday 12 April 2014

The AGM took place at the Aztec Hotel and Spa, Almondsbury, Bristol, and was followed by a visit to the M Shed on the waterfront in Bristol to see five original works by Terence Cuneo on the Brabazon, its construction and hangars. A farewell dinner was held in the evening.

Margaret with the Cuneo Shop

Peter and Carole

Assembling for the Meeting
The President giving her address

  Three of the five "Brabazon" paintings  


The Farewell Dinner

Visit to the Joint Services Staff College, Shrivenham - 10 May 2014

Group Captain David Lester-Powell welcomed 29 Members to the JSCC, and gave a most informative tour to see the Terence Cuneo paintings, with commentary on many other artists' works on display at the College.

 
The magnificent JSCC atrium   The Welcome from David Lester-Powell, with Peter and Carole
 
Terence Cuneo's painting of Field Marshall Sir Bernard Law Montgomery   Detail of "mouse on a lead" from Terence Cuneo's painting "The Queen's Visit to the Staff College, Camberley, 1982"
     
     

Photos of Terence Cuneo's painting the "The Queen's Visit to the Staff College, Camberley, 1958" with working sketches

"At Home" with Peter and Faith, Banstead, Surrey - 2nd August 2014

36 members gathered to see Peter and Faith's Cuneo collection which covered most areas of Terence`s work. Faith's speciality of Cornish pasties formed the basis of the lunch and all declared them to be excellent. Those present had the pleasure of President Carole's company and seeing her up-to-date report and pictures of the Cuneo Statue in-situ at Brompton Barracks (see below).

Peter and Faith welcoming the visitors Party under way

Society Holiday in Wales - 18th to 23rd September 2014

Based in Llandeilo in South Wales the first day's visits were to The Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh in Brecon, which has two prints on display, and then to The National Collections Centre, Nantgarw where the "Pennydarren Tramway Locomotive" and "South Wales Pullman" were taken out of store for Members to enjoy.

Corporal Jones being attacked by "Zulu Peter" A Member's father discovered in a photograph on display Checking the notes on the back of "South Wales Pullman"

The next day Cyfarthfa Castle Museum in Merthyr Tydfil was visited, and later Members enjoyed riding on the Brecon Mountain Railway. At dinner that evening Charles Smith gave a detailed overview of the Restoration Project he has been carrying out at Grantham on three ex British Transport Museum originals.

Sunday started with a tour of the Park at Dinefwr Castle in Llandeilo, where on a beautiful sunny morning the Rangers took members to the spot where Terence Cuneo painted the White Park Cattle in his work "Dinefwr Castle".

Members on the Cuneo Coach! The Rangers showing where Terence Cuneo sat to paint "Dinefwr Castle", with a print of the painting being held up

The following day, Members visited some of the tourist sites along the Pembrokeshire coast, including St David's with its ancient Cathedral and ruins. A surprise extra event was arranged for leaving day, with a visit to see two more originals, "Rolling Steel" (1946) and "Steel Making" (1954), at the Tata steelworks in Port Talbot.

Maggie presenting Peter with a "thank you" gift on behalf of all the Members at the Farewell Dinner "Steel Making"

AGM - Saturday 28th March, 2015

The AGM took place at the Kidderminster Railway Museum, on the Severn Valley Railway, and was followed by a return steam ride on the line and a visit to the Engine Sheds at Bridgnorth. A farewell dinner was held in the evening. Peter Collins, the Society's Founder and Chairman of 14 years stood down at the AGM and was elected a Vice President of the Society.

Peter with his "Retirement Certificate"


At the Welcome Dinner on Friday Evening


Assembling for the AGM in the Kidderminster Museum

43106, our engine for the afternoon 43106 being refuelled and re-watered
Frames and cylinders for new build 82045 Peter Collins thanking Chris Proudfoot for the Shed visit

Visit to Grantham Barracks - Friday 31st July, 2015

After lunch, members were welcomed to the Barracks by Lt Col Vicky Reid. This was followed by two amazing presentations, the first by John Austin who explained how he had restored the three Cuneo originals in the Mess, and then by Philip Harrison who had brought his original of the interior of Liverpool Cathedral, and told some of the stories associated with it. Members then went to tea at the Platts' home where "Night King" was on display, and later to The Thatch in Bottesford for the farewell Dinner in the Cuneo Room there.

Lunch in the Mess before the Presentations Lt Col Vicky Reid welcoming Society members
John Austin giving a detailed explanation Philip Harrison telling the Liverpool Cathedral painting story
A print of the Dunlop painting of the exterior and Philip's original of the interior of Liverpool Cathedral Enjoying the Platts' Garden
Maggie Whittaker thanking Diana Platts for the tea party Charles Smith with Members at The Thatch

 

Society Annual Holiday - Thursday 10th to Monday 14th September 2015

This was a holiday where numbers varied each day. The welcome Dinner was attended by seventeen members. The first day was spent in Gosport, which included seeing the magnificent painting "Dreadnought", with its contrast of hundreds of detailed onlooking figures against the background of the huge blank hull of the submarine. Members enjoyed a conducted tour of HMS Alliance.

 

Chairman photographing the mouse on Terence Cuneo's "Dreadnought" Members being guided around "HMS Alliance" Detail from Terence Cuneo's "Lance Corporal Rambahadur Limbur of the 10th Ghurks Rifles winning the VC, in Sarawak, 1965"

Day two was spent visiting the many military museums in Winchester. Terence Cuneo's originals, prints and a working sketch of the Ceremony of the Keys were all on display amongst the miriad of superb exhibits. Sunday involved a boat ride from Poole Quay to Swanage Pier, a look around some of the unique Swanage shops, and then a trip on the Swanage Railway to Norden, with stop-offs along the way, notably Corfe Castle. In the evening, Dinner was held in a private room with members, now numbering nearly thirty being invited to attend in fancy dress. Following the nomination of the winners, another excellent meal was held, and this was followed by an auction of Terence Cuneo books.


"Signal Success" seen in the Ticket Hall at Corfe Castle Station

Peter Collins auctioning the Terence Cuneo books The Three Fancy Dress Winners

The Ceremony of the Keys, Tower of London - Thursday 22nd October 2015

Following an enjoyable gathering at the Liberty Bounds, twenty six members and friends assembled outside the Gates of the Tower of London ready to be invited inside to witness this famous ceremony, which took place exactly on time in the traditional manner.

The Liberty Bounds Archer on the Battlements West side of the Tower - Daylight
West side of the Tower - after dark The Gathering point Jonathan addressing everyone

 

Kindly note that attendance at the above events
was for Cuneo Society members only!

 

Stop Press - Other items that might be of interest to members:-

A Celebration of Steam with David Shepherd at Shalford – Saturday 7th December 2012

An exciting day of steam with artist, conservationist and steam enthusiast David Shepherd CBE will take place on Saturday 7th December 2012 at Saba House, 7 Kings Road, Shalford, Guildford, Surrey GU4 8JU.

Browse and buy from a selection of art by David Shepherd, including the latest open edition print of "Black Prince" and other artists including Terence Cuneo, and enjoy the flavour of a real steam experience when 35028 "Clan Line" stops to water at Shalford Station. It's a brilliant opportunity to meet David and to buy those extra special steam and wildlife gifts for Christmas.

Join David in the Gallery from 12.30pm
Clan Line arrives at Shalford station at 2:20pm*

*times are subject to change so please keep an eye on the website
www.davidshepherd.org.

Railway Modeller 2013 Annual – This 124 page magazine features a fully illustrated six page article by Society Member, Craig Tiley “The life and work of a celebrated railway artist – Terence Cuneo”. It provides a unique insight into the railway-related work of Terence Cuneo, with an emphasis on the commission he received from Tri-ang in 1960 to paint a cover for its 1962 catalogue. In all, eleven covers were illustrated, the last one being for Hornby Railways in 1993. The article also covers the amazing story in the first edition of The Railway Modeller, in 1949, in which he describes the events of a typical operating session of his live steam garden Gauge 1 railway! “Evening Star” and “Country Halt” are featured as well as a piece on his 1967 painting of “Waterloo Station”.

BBC2 Programme - "The Flying Scotsman - A Rail Romance" - On Monday evening, 4 March 2013 the above programme was broadcast, in which Terence Cuneo was featured.

 

Battle of Knightsbridge, 6th June 1942 - The Daily Mail on Saturday 30 March 2013 told the story about Ray Ellis who was in this amazing painting by Terence Cuneo. This painting was featured on BBC1's Antiques Roadshow on Sunday 31 March.


Ray Ellis with "Battle of Knightsbridge, 6th June 1942"


Detail showing Ray Ellis in "Battle of Knightsbridge, 6th June 1942"

New Cuneo Stamp - On 30 May 2013 Royal Mail released a six stamp set "HM The Queen: 60 Years of Royal Portraits". The 2nd class stamp in this issue is "Study for The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II" by Terence Cuneo, 1953. This is an extract from the painting owned by HM The Queen Mother.

 

Commemorative Blue Plaque - The Blue Plaque commemorating Terence Cuneo was unveiled in a simple ceremony on Saturday 10 August 2013, on the frontage of 205 Ember Lane, East Molesey.

The Blue Plaque

201-207 Ember Lane

Carole Cuneo Unveiling the plaque

Those attending

Buckingham Palace, Exhibition of Royal Portraits - Buckingham Palace's annual summer public opening was from 27 July to 29 September 2013. As it is 60 years since HM The Queen's Coronation, a major exhibition is included, details of which were in Saturday 27 July's Telegraph Magazine. Terence Cuneo's superb Coronation Painting was prominently displayed in the Ball Room, close to the Robe. More information is available www.royalcollection.org.uk

Railway Modeller, January 2014

A free print by our member Craig Tiley is being included in the January 2014 edition of Railway Modeller.

Railart 2013 - Summer Exhibition by the Guild of Railway Artists - This year's Exhibition was held at "Locomotion", Shildon, Co Durham from 25 August to 6 October. Society Member, John Austin won this award for the 20th time with his new oil painting "North Sea - Night Hawk".


"North Sea - Night Hawk"

 

Society Calendar 2014 - The 2014 Calendar is now available, to obtain a copy please go the the Society Shop page. Details of the calendar are in the recently issued Summer Society Journal.

Daily Telegraph, 24 February 2014 - The following article appeared in the paper


Detail showing Ray Ellis in "Battle of Knightsbridge, 6th June 1942"

"Othello" by Cyrus Cuneo - the original oil painting of this work by Cyrus was put up for sale on 22nd May 2014 on eBay for £1,200 on a "Buy-it-Now" basis, but was unsold.

Steam Railway Magazine No 428, May 23 2014 - Howard Wilson's informative article about the Cuneo Society has been published in this issue of the Steam Railway Magazine.

The article on pages 108 and 109

 

Terence Cuneo's Saddle and Related items- for sale from 25th March are the items shown below:-

Macconnal-Mason Gallery, London - The Gallery's new portfolio of paintings for sale includes Terence Cuneo's "Storm over Southall Shed". They have other Cuneo works for sale:- www.macconnal-mason.com


Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auction, London - The original painting "Royal Agricultural Show 1951: Festival of Britain Year", and eight hunting prints from the Wynnasty Collection, including Cuneo's "The Puppy Show" were auctioned on Friday 11th July 2014


Royal Show, 1951: Festival of Britain Year - Estimate £4000–6000
(Realised £21,000)



The Wynnstay Collection- A group of 8 hunting prints - Estimate £150–200

Auction, Goodwood - Terence Cuneo's "1960 Monte Carlo Rally" was sold at the Goodwood auction on 27th June, with a guide price of £5,000 to £6,000.

Sunbeam Rapier, YWK 5 on its way to a class win

Science and Society Online Picture Library - twelve paintings by Society member Kevin Parrish on railways and canals were uploaded to this library on 10th May, including his recent work the “Flying Scotsman” commissioned by Bradford Exchange. Click here to see them.

Kevin finishing "Flying Scotsman"

Railart 2014 - the annual exhibition has returned to Kidderminster this year. Some of our members exhibited again, with John Austin's paintings taking the top three places!!! Railart 2015 will take place from Friday 4th September until Sunday 1st November.

 

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation - Steam Run - The annual Steam Run is scheduled for Saturday 13 December 2014. All are invited to join the Foundation for an exciting afternoon of steam with David Shepherd CBE. The Gallery, with David in attendance, will be open from 1:00pm where a selection of art by him and Terence Cuneo will be on sale. "Clan Line" arrives at Shalford station at about 2:20pm.For more details please refer to their website www.davidshepherd.org.

David Shepherd with "Black Prince"

Terence Cuneo' "The Bulldozers" - The original of this painting has come up for auction (Lot 580) at Andrew Smith & Sons saleroom in Winchester, with an estimate of £2,000 to £3,000, sale date 21 and 22 October.


** Terence Cuneo - Bulldozers clearing a forest glade of logs etc, circa 1940s/50s, oil on board,
signed lower right, 71 x 62 cm, gilt frame ** Droit de Suite may be applicable on this lot £2,000.00 - £3,000.00

Christies Auction, London on 7 October, 2014 - An auction of paintings, sketches and pencil drawings took place on Tuesday 7 October. Among the items were three of Terence Cuneo's oil paintings that were used for the front cover of the Illustrated London News, and one pencil drawing. The Auction called "Interiors" is comprised of works that the Illustrated London News wished to dispose of. Two of the oil paintings were expected to achieve £10,000 to £15,000, the third is unsigned and expected to realise about £2,000, with the pencil drawing estimated at about £600. However only two of the items sold, the "Festival of Britain" ILN cover which realised £10,000 and the pencil drawing "The Mother of Local Parliament", which realised £500.

Festival of Britain on ILN cover The Mother of Local Parliament

Terence Cuneo Statue - the move of the statue from Waterloo station to Brompton Barracks in Chatham has begun. The specialist removers have rebuilt the scaffolding that is under the statue and inside the plinth, and it has now been taken to Chaham where the stone mason will rebuild the plinth in situ. More news on this in due course. To see the item in the recent edition of the SE1 newsletter, please click here.......

The statue being lifted from the concourse at Waterloo Station Keeping a watchful eye from the lorry!


The statue on its new base at Chatham awaiting the stone mason


Bonhams Auction, Los Angeles - Rinaldo's original painting "The City at Night", was listed for auction on 5th August 2014 with an estimate of $12,000 to $16,000.

 

"An incident from 'Treasure Island' (Jim Hawkins strikes the flag)" - This original painting is also listed on eBay for a sale price of £5,950

Railart 2015 - the Guild of Railway Artists annual exhibition was at the National Railway Museum in York, taking place from Friday 4th September until Sunday 1st November. Some of our members exhibited again.

"Black Watch Charge at the Battle of Loos" - The Scottish edition of the Daily Telegraph reported on the commemoration of the event in Dundee marking the centenary of the start of the World War One offensive on the Western Front in 1915. This painting by Cyrus Cuneo was used to illustrate the occasion

"Peaceful Forest Stream, Fontainbleu" - Rinaldo's original painting, in frame, was listed on eBay in early July with an unreserved auction price. It sold on 20 July for £672.00

Bonhams Auction, San Francisco - Rinaldo's original painting "San Francisco Park", was listed for auction on 22 March 2015 with an estimate of $5,000 to $7,000

San Francisco Park by Rinaldo Cuneo

 

"Nets and Cordage" - This delightful painting of a view in the Carmague, France, from July 1972 was listed on eBay on 30 January 2015 for 7 days at £4,000 (ended unsold on 5 February 2015)


 

 

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