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(To see reports of earlier events and Stop Press items from 2012 to 2016, please click here)
Events for 2017
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September - York Weekend, details to follow with Invitations being sent out in mid-July. The plan and concept for this event has been amended from what was originally the York Holiday
Wednesday 8 November 2017 - The "London Walk", a visit to two sites in Chelsea
Events for 2018
Thursday 1st March - Visit to the Cuneo Exhibition "Painting Power: The Art of Terence Cuneo", part of the Hull City of Culture, being held in the art gallery, University of Hull.
Friday 6th to Saturday 7th April - AGM weekend at Fawley Hill, Henley-on-Thames.
******Kindly note that whilst guests are welcome, priority will be given to members where numbers are limited******
Events from 2017
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 originally 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 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 reurbished and re-opend RE Museum.
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
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.
Events from 2016
Wednesday 9th November 2016 - The "London Walk"
Two sites in Piccadilly were visited, both making us extremely welcome, with excellent background talks on the history of their Clubs, their membership and activities. The Cavalry & Guards Club showed us a host of Club paintings, sculptures and their library, with the special feature of Terence Cuneo's "H.M. The Queen on 'Doctor' in the Gardens of Buckingham Palace", currently on loan from the Palace. Following a sumptuous lunch in the Kennel Club's magnificent Dining Room, members toured the art gallery, library, boardroom and corridors with splendid explanations of the works of art on display there. The two highlights were Terence Cuneo's portrait "Colonel Sir Richard Glym, Bart O.B.E" and "H.M. The Queen with her Dogs at Frogmore".
Society Annual Holiday
Due to insufficient take-up, this event was cancelled.
Cyrus Cuneo Centennial Celebration, Shepherds Bush, London - Saturday 23 July, 2016
After a welcome coffee, reunion of members and welcome by Chris Wheeler, Martin Stoneham gave a fascinating illustrated talk on the life and times in which Cyrus Cuneo lived, covering his years in the USA, Paris and London. A bright sunny day enabled Peter Collins to unveil the plaque on Cyrus's house next door without an umbrella to be seen! Following a buffet lunch Chris gave a talk about Cyrus Cuneo himself, his family and his work. The day ended with a question and answer session which covered all aspects of the day and the Society. To see the transcript of the talk, please click here
"Six Hours in Liverpool" - Thursday 19 September 2016
Members first visited the Walker Gallery where "Colonel and Mrs Vere Cotton" and "The Diners" were seen and their background explained, and then in the afternoon at the Metropolitan Cathedral the original of the "Interior of Liverpoool Metropolitan Cathedral" was seen and an illustrated detailed explanation about the painting and the construction of the Cathedral was given.
Stop Press - Other items that might be of interest to members:-
eBay Auction, July 2017 - The painting below of SS Great Britain entitled "This Noble Ship" was recently listed on eBay for £24,000.
Bonhams Auction on 11 July 2017 - The painting below is 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
Railart 2017 - The Guild of Railway Artists annual exhibition for 2017 will again be held at the Kidderminster Railway Museum, Station Approach, Kidderminster DY10 1QR, from 26 August until 1 October 2017. Some of our members will be exhibiting again this year.
Rinaldo Oil Painting For Auction - Rinaldo's small 11" x 12" canvas "San Francisco Docks" was sold at Bonham's Los Angeles auction on 2 August. It had a guide price of $3,000 to $5,000.
Rinaldo Oil Painting For Sale - Rinaldo Cuneo's painting "Mountain Scene" 24" x 36"was re-listed as a Buy-it-Now item on eBay for a month from 18 July at $8,422.77 (c.£6,000). The canvas has a couple of small tears. It is located in Phoenix, Arizona. Rinaldo lived from 1877 until 1939, and spent most of his life in California.
Railart 2016 - this year's Guild of Railway Artists annual exhibition opened at Kidderminster Railway Museum, Station Approach, Kidderminster DY10 1QR on 27 August and ended on 2 October 2016. Some of our members exhibited again this year.
"Speed to the West - A Nostalgic Journey" An Exhibition at Dorset County Museum, Dorchester - This spacious and colourful exhibition runs from 16 March 2016 until 7 January 2017. It features posters, models, station signs, prints and memorabila relating to the Great Western Region's routes to the west country, with Terence Cuneo's art included - well worth a visit!!! Click here for the link
Abbey Hill Steam Rally, Yeovil Showground, BA22 9TA - This event took place over the Bank Holiday weekend 29 April to 2 May, with Cuneo collectables on sale at the Herbertson Art stand.
Original Oil Paintings recently auctioned - Three industrial paintings were sold by Bonhams at auction in March in London; the "The Royal Stallion" was sold on 18 May in Edinburgh, realising £11,875; and the "Armstrong Siddeley" sold for £3,200 on 7 June, also in London.
Opening of the Cuneo Room, Prince William of Gloucester Barracks, Grantham - A lunch was held in the Officers Mess on Wednesday 27 January 2016, at the invitation of Colonel Guy Stone, Station Commander, to celebrate the Opening of the Cuneo Room, now tastefully redecorated and benefitting from the addition of some fine Cuneo prints, a portrait of Terence Cuneo and appropriate plaque, all in addition to the three recently restored Railway Poster originals.
Severn Valley Railway - Cuneo Exhibition - An exhibition of two originals, some twenty Terence Cuneo prints, and an array of memorabilia went on display in the Engine House Visitor & Education Centre at Highley, Bridgnorth WV16 6NP (Tel: 01746 862387) from Easter until the New Year, 2017. The Exhibition is called "The Man and His Mouse", click here to see the detail.