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Events for 2019

Thursday 28th February - "Six Hours in Street" - this day will have three elements, firstly an illustrated talk by Carole Cuneo about the three lectures she will have given on her trip on P&O's Ventura in December; secondly a viewing of Terence Cuneo's "The Sole Room", and talk about the painting and the history of the Clark Shoe Company; lunch; then a visit to the Shoe Museum and the Clarks Outlet Village. Invitations with full details to be sent out in mid-December.

Saturday 6th April - AGM at the Bentley Drivers Club, Wroxton, Banbury, starting at 11:00, with the AGM at 11:30

Deatails of other events to be advised, but plans are in-hand for an "At Home" in Melton Mowbray on 5 and 6 June, an informal "holiday" in Cornwall in September and the traditional London Walk on 7 November.

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

The Journal
The Autumn Edition was distributed in early October. The closing date for submissions for the Winter Edition is 1 December 2018.

The Calendar
The Society's 2019 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

Thursday 8th November - The London Walk, 2018

30 Members came along to our day in London, visiting the Archives and Exhibition Centre at the newly opened Postal Museum, then a ride on the underground Mail Rail. At 11:00 Jessica Woolf escorted us to the Discovery Room and explained the commission given to Terence Cuneo, and then in small groups we visited the archives to see the actual paintings, the documentation behind them including the Queen's approval letter for the stamps to be issued. We also saw Cuneo's painting of the Post Office Tower, and many works by other famous artists in the Museum's collection. Members visted the Exhibition Hall and then after lunch enjoyed the ride on the converted portion of the cross-London underground postal railway now called Mail Rail.

Ice Cream cart at Museum entrance, with one of the many wall postboxes in the background Images of Cuneo's five paintings in the "Famous Trains" set issued by Royal Mail in 1985, reproduced on postcards An early 5-wheeled delivery cycle
One of the two unadopted designs by John Thirsk for the Famous Trains issue On-board the Mail Train Disembarking the Mail Train

Wednesday 19th September - "Six Hours in Aldershot"

Our day at Normandy Barracks, Aldershot, started with an excellent presentation by Major Robert Yuill in which he explained how the eight Rifle Battalions had been formed by amalgamation of many other Regiments over the years. He explained that there were five Battalions in regular service, three in reserve, and 15,000 cadets in all manner of units around the country. Each of the eight Battalions has its particular barracks and the eight original Cuneos they own are spread across them. We were able to see and enjoy the two in the Officers Mess "Leeson Street Patrol" and "Snipe Action at Kidney Ridge, El Alamein", and understand the stories behind them. Unfortunately our visit to the Military Museum in the afternoon was cancelled as the keyholder had gone off site!!

Leeson Street Patrol Snipe Action, El Alamein
Presentation Title Major Rob Yuill explaining details of the painting


Thursday 28th June to Tuesday 3rd July - The Cuneo Holiday

This year's holiday started with a Welcome Dinner at the Hop Pole Inn, Ollerton in Northamptonshire. Friday took us to the Museum of the Queen's Royal Lancers at Thoresby Court, where Cuneo's painting Knightsbridge was on display, and the Curator, Captain Holtby, explained the story behind it and the meaning of many of the items in the Museum. We then went to Tuxford, to the Museum of the Horse, where a display of over 30, mainly equine prints by Terence Cuneo were on display in one of the well-lit galleries.

Some of the Holiday party enjoying the Welcome Dinner Mick telling the Queen's Lancers' Story
Cuneo's "Knightsbridge", featured on the Antiques Roadshow, with Tim Ellis, the only survivor, who died recently Sally Mitchell and Carole Cuneo discussing "Derby Day" Philip enthusing about the Roundhouse

On Saturday, the morning visit was to the Derby Roundhouse, the first such structure in the world, where Philip O'Brien explained the history and operation of the complex. A visit to the Derby Museum followed, where Matt Freeman showed us George Grimes' interpretation of Cuneo's Railcar on the Traverser, (from Number 3 Shop, Derby Works), and we also toured the museum looking at the exhibition of Joseph Wright's paintings.

George Grimes' study of Cuneo's original Cuneo's original of "The Railcar on the Traverser" A small part of the Joseph Wright Gallery
"The White Horse" His face! Libby painting her models
Some of the Members working on their models The finished products waiting to go in the kiln

On Sunday we visited the Angel and White Horse in Tadcaster and saw Cuneo's original of the White Horse in the bar there. Crossing the road to Clayfever, members spent 90 minutes decorating mouse related ceramic objects.
Brigadier Edward Wilkinson pointing to himself in Cuneo's "Presentation of the New Colours at Newark" which he commissioned One of Crealock's watercolours "A Sail in Sight" from 1895 Canvas copy of Cuneo's "Toyota Manufacturing Plant, Burnaston" in 1991, presented to Toyota by Laing Management in 1992 on completion of phase 1
The mouse being transported into the factory in the back of the open truck Richard Brook, operating the controls for the whole of Kings Cross station Linda with her pudding at the Bella Vita Italian Restaurant on the Sunday evening!

Finally on Monday we visited the Mercian Regimental HQ in Chilwell where Brigadier Edward told the story of how he commissioned and was part of the Cuneo painting there of the Presentation of the New Colours at Newark with Newark Castle in the background. We also saw some of the Crealock water colours painted 120 years ago. A visit to the massive Toyota works at Burnaston was next where a canvas copy of Cuneo's 1991 paintning of the works at that time for John Laing was on show, the little mouse in the open truck entering the works being a highlight! Finally in the evening a visit to the huge O gauge model railway layout from Kings Cross to Doncaster and Leeds was enjoyed by all, hosted by Society members Richard and Joy Brook. A fabulous and varied long weekend!!!

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



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

Christies Auction, London, 16 November 2018

Four original paintings were offered for sale on 16 November, using online bidding

The Castles at Tyseley, 1967
Est £26k to £35k

Boulogne Depot
Est £30k to £50k
Sold for £40,000
A Horse Guard, 1951
Est £10k to £15k
Sold for £15,000
Lord Mayor's Procession, London, 1950
Est £15k to £25k
Sold for £18,750

Horse in Art Exhibition, Tuxford, 17 September, 2018

This year the Cuneo Medal was awarded to Jane Braithwaite, SEA for her collection of five works, at the ceremony held by the Society of Equestrian Artists at the Sally Mitchell Gallery in Tuxford on Sunday 17 September. Carole Cuneo presesnted her with the Cuneo Medal.

Memorial Service for Sir William McAlpine Bt - The Memorial Service was held at 2:00pm in the Concourse Room of the Fawley Hill Museum, Henley-on-Thames on Sunday 13 May. Trains will be running from noon; tea and drinks will be available after the Service. Lady McAlpine has invited all members of the Cuneo Society.



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