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Events for 2018

Saturday 7th April - AGM at Fawley Hill, Henley-on-Thames, closing date for entries was Friday 9 March

Thursday 29th June to Monday 2nd July - the Cuneo Holiday is now being planned, based in the Nottingham area with the option of nine locations being visited. Invitations will be sent out in late April

Wednesday 19th September - "Six Hours in Aldershot" - Details being arranged

Thursday 8th November - The "London Walk" - a visit to the new Postal Museum Archives, and Museum, then a ride on Mail Rail. (Please note change of date from Wednesday 7 November)

Events for 2019

Saturday 6th April - AGM at the Bentley Drivers Club, the Wroxton, Banbury

Deatails of other events to be advised.

******Kindly note that whilst guests are welcome, priority will be given to members where numbers are limited******

The Journal
The Winter Edition, Volume 4 Number 2, was posted out on 2 February. The closing date for submissions for the next issue was 1 March 2018. The next edition will be posted out in late April.

The Calendar
The Society's 2018 Calendar is now available from the Shop.

The Shop
Please note that several items in the shop were reduced in price from the beginning of February (older calendars, greeting cards, ties and scarves) Shop.

 

Previous Events

Events from 2018

Saturday 7th April - AGM at Fawley Hill, Henley-on-Thames

This year's AGM started with a minute's silence in memory of the members who had passed away during the year, in particular, Sir William McAlpine, Vice President, on whose estate the AGM was being held. The formal meeting then took place in the Concourse Room of the Fawley Hill Centre, with over 60 members attending. Following the raffle and buffet lunch, conducted tours of the museum were provided for members to enjoy.

Buying from the Shop The meeting about to start
Part of the Cuneo Display in the Museum The Southern Tank Locomotive

Thursday 1st March - Day visit to the Cuneo Exhibition "Painting Power: The Art of Terence Cuneo"In spite of the "Beast from the East" weather conditions, 28 members made it for the day in Hull where we visited the above Exhibition which had been mounted by the Science Museum as part of the Hull City of Culture. Ed Bartholomew the Senior Curator for the Science Museum Group, came over from York to welcome us and explain the Exhibition, which everyone enjoyed immensely. This was followed by a visit to the Hull Guildhall to see Terence Cuneo's vibrantly colourful and striking painting of the Queen at Hull Station, "The Surrender of the Sword of State".

Cuneo's painting marking the 150th Anniversary of the Holman Brothers, in the Book "Cornish Giant" Ed Bartholomew explaining the concept of the Exhibition Members with City of Culture Guides examining the exhibits
A recent acquisition of the Science Museum - "The Paint Shop", which was on display Members looking at the Guildhall painting "Sword of State...." The mouse with Norwegian flag from the Guildhall painting

Events from 2017

Wednesday 8th November 2017 - The "London Walk"

Our London Walk this year started at the London Sketch Club in Chelsea with talks by Mark Prizeman about the London Sketch Club and then Luke Price about the Langham Sketch Club, giving us their history and the involvement of both Cyrus and Terence Cuneo whilst they were members. This was followed by an "Olde Time" lunch, similar to that enjoyed by the Cuneos 100 years ago. We then went to the National Army Museum where Emma Mawdsley gave us an excellent explanation of Terence Cuneo as a war artist and then showed us around the amazing "War Paint" exhibition gallery which she devised back in March when the Museum re-opened after its rebuilding. Our time there closed with a viewing of 30 Military prints by Terence Cuneo over tea and biscuits. 28 members attended, braving the impediments of the rail strikes.

Mark Prizeman, Hon Sec of the London Sketch Club showing some of the Club's regalia Luke Price, Country Member of the Langham Sketch Club, telling the story of the Club Some of the Society members preparing for the talks, with a view of some of the silhouettes of famous Club members in the background
Society Members enjoying the "Olde Time" luncheon
Emma Mawdsley explaining the story of the War Paint exhibition
The display of Terence Cuneo Military prints

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September - York Weekend.

A most enjoyable weekend, with meals together and two visits, one to the Kohima Barracks in Fulford, where Bob Cook gave an enthralling talk about the Battle of Kohima. He brought to life the various parties and personalities involved as well as the twists and turns of that particular conflict. We also visited the Reserve Collection in the archives at the NRM, where curator Lorna Hogger came in specially to show members the many original Cuneo paintings held there and not currently on public view. We were also able to see the wonderful painting, now in its new location, of Waterloo Station, and be reminded of the many characters featured in it, including the artist!

Bob Cook about to talk to his vistors from
the Cuneo Society
Terence Cuneo's painting "The Battle of Kohima" Examining the many exhibits in the Museum
Trevor introducing Lorna Hogger, before
presenting her with a thank-you gift
Part of the group about to enter the Archives One of Terence Cuneo's paintings
in the Reserve Collection

Wednesday 12th July - Vist to the Royal Engineers, Brompton Barracks

Some 50 members and invited guests attended The Royal Engineers Headquarters at Brompton Barracks, Chatham to witness the handover of Sir Philip Jackson's statue of Terence Cuneo, which for ten years had been at Waterloo Station, to Colonel Nigel Montagu representing the Institution of Royal Engineers. The handover of the statue and dowry was made by Carole Cuneo, with a reply by Colonel Montagu and then a presentation by Chris Wheeler on befalf of the Cuneo Society of a framed 1880s print of the Sappers assembled at the Barracks. This was followed by a presentation by Martin Stoneham of all the Cuneo original paintings owned by the Royal Engineers, with excellent background information. Colonel Nigel Montagu then gave everyone present a copy of a specially prepared booklet about the paintings. An enjoyable buffet lunch followed, and then everyone was free to tour the newly refurbished and re-opened RE Museum.

Cuneo Society Chairman, Chris Wheeler with Sir Philip Jackson, Jean Jackson and Colonel Nigel Montagu Carole Cuneo proposing a toast to Terence Cuneo at the end of the speeches
Colonel Nigel Montagu receiving his framed historical print Members assembled ready for Martin Stoneham's talk
Andrew MacLean from the NRM, Cuneo Society Journal Editor Trevor Savage and his wife Elizabeth Chris Wheeler presenting Christine Bowen, the RE Museum Manager, with a framed print showing the RE Museum Hall as it was in the 1850s Nick Knapman with the cartoon print by Terence Cuneo done whilst he was a Sapper in the RE, and owned by his family

Thursday 25th May 2017 - "Six Hours in Coventry"

Many of those enjoying this event stayed overnight, and attended the Evensong in the Cathedral before visiting the bar and enjoying the Welcome Dinner. Next day, after the minute's silence, Martin Roberts, Herbert Museum Curator, gave background to the Museum and took members to the archive store to see the four original Cuneo paintings there. Following lunch, Barry Gittins guided members round the Cathedral, and eventually to the crypt to see the large original "Consecration of Coventry Cathedral". Society Member, Pam Norman then took us to the choirstalls where the Kerry Beaumont, Director of Music, explained the constuction of the organ and then played some well-known pieces to everyone's delight.

Some of those enjoying the Welcome Dinner The Two Cathedrals and Tall Spire
In the Herbert Museum The Director of Music with the Sample Organ Pipes

Friday 7th to Saturday 8th April 2017 - AGM

A special feature of this year's AGM weekend was the Open House held at the Kestrel Gallery, owned by members Ian and Charmian Harrison, where some 30 paintings by well-known railway artists were on display. Many Cuneo items could also be seen. A Welcome Dinner was held that evening, and the formal meeting took place in the McDonald Gallery of the Gurkha Museum, Peninsular Barracks, Winchester at 11:00 on the Saturday morning, followed by an excellent buffet lunch.

Original of Philip Hawkins' "Atlantic Coast Express" at Battledown, 2014 Print of John Austin's "The Lady Awakes", with the Royal Scot, 1998
Some of the Society members at the Welcome Dinner at the Mercure Hotel, Winchester Trevor Savage giving details of the York holiday in September during the AGM Peter Collins presenting Chris Wheeler with the "sixth" Cuneo Society bow tie

 

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

Railart 2018 - The Guild of Railway Artists annual exhibition for 2018 will be held again this year at the Kidderminster Railway Museum, Station Approach, Kidderminster DY10 1QR, from Saturday 25 August until Sunday 30 September. Some of our members will be exhibiting again this year.

Two Originals for sale in the two Bonhams Auctions this spring:

"Blacksmith's Forge", estimate £4,000 to £6,000 on 27 March 2018 - sold for £6,875 "RMC Silos, Thurrock", estimate £1,000 to £2,000 on 12 April, 2018 - sold for £1,375

and

Three Originals in the Christies Auction on 21 March:

Lot 96 - "Autumn of Steam", with an estimate of £30,000 to £50,000, sold for £60,000 Lot 97 - "Night Freight (Condor)", with an estimate of £25,000 to £35,000, sold for £27,500 Lot 100 - "Portrait of a Fireman", with an estimate of £12,000 to £18,000, sold for £17,500

Bonham'sAuction, London - "China Clay Barges, Bangkok", by Terence Cuneo - This painting by Terence Cuneo was sold at the 7th February 2018 auction for £2,800, having previously had an estimate of £4,000 to £6,000

Rowley's Auction, Suffolk - "All Aboard" by Terence Cuneo - This painting by Terence Cuneo was offered at their auction on 22 November, 2017 with an estimate of 3,000 to 5,000. It is oil on board, measuring 35 x 23.5cms.

Horse in Art 2017 - This year the Cuneo Medal was awarded to Debbie Dunbar SEA for her collection of six works, at the ceremony at the Sally Mitchell Gallery and Museum in Tuxford on Sunday 24 September.

About the Cuneo Medal The collection of six entries Debbie Dunbar receiving her
award and medal

2018 Calendar - The Society's 2018 is now available from the Shop at an all inclusive price of £9.00

eBay Auction, July 2017 - The painting below of SS Great Britain entitled "This Noble Ship" was listed on eBay for £18,000.

Bonhams Auction on 11 July 2017 - The painting below was sold on 11 July 2017 by Bonhams, with an estimate of £25,000 to £35,000, and achieving £31,250.

The Aqua Calda - On Route to the Red Sea

 

Christies Auction on 23 March 2017 - Three of Terence Cuneo's paintings were in The Modern British and Irish Art auction on 23 March 2017 in London

The Royal Duchy: King George V storms up the grade out of Dainton Tunnel
Estimate GBP 25,000 - GBP 35,000

Realised £81,250

Parade of the Sabath Elite, Ethiopia
Estimate GBP 1,500 - GBP 2,500

Realised £4,375

Red City, Petra, Jordan
Estimate GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000

Realised £4,750

Railart 2017 - The Guild of Railway Artists annual exhibition for 2017 was opened at the Kidderminster Railway Museum, Station Approach, Kidderminster DY10 1QR, on 26 August and closed on 1 October 2017. Some of our members exhibited again this year. Railart 2018 will be held in Kidderminster again, from Saturday 25 August until Sunday 30 September.

 

 

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