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Events for 2020

Saturday 4th April - AGM. This will take place at The Army School of Music, Kneller Hall, Twickenham.

Thursday 4 June - an "At Home" in Hampshire - details being arranged

Wednesday 26th August - "Six hours in Swindon", visiting the Science Museum Group Store at Wroughton and the STEAM Museum in Swindon

September - Another a-la-carte holiday, based in the Bristol area is being planned, with a Cuneo/Brunel Exhibition at the Brunel Institute on SS Great Britain

Thursday 5th November - the traditional London Walk - this will now be an "At Home" in Welwyn Garden City.

******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 October. The Winter 2020 edition will be issued at the end of January

The Calendar
The Society's 2020 Calendar is now available from the Shop.

Previous Events

Events from 2019

Thursday 7th November - the traditional London Walk - 24 Members visited the newly opened Smith Centre in the Science Museum to see Terence Cuneo's second largest painting, "The Electrical Engineering Workshop, Witton, Birmingham", and then went to the Tower of London to see the "Presentation of Colours" to the various Regiments of the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment by Queen Margrette II, painted in 1976. Neither painting had been seen by Members before.

Sir Ian Blatchford, with Peter Collins and Chris Wheeler

Dr Katie Barett and the full-size painting "Electrical Engineering Works, Witton, Birmingham"

Colonel John Powell with the "Presentation" painting

Thursday 19th to Thursday 26th September - an informal "a la carte" holiday in Devon and Cornwall.
This year's Holiday was an experiment to see how successful an "a la carte" method would be. For those attending, it was a great success, and most members joined and left at the same time. Two Cuneo-based visits - Pecorama with its seven paintings, and the Royal County Museum in Truro with its six originals and sixteen sketches, were visited, as was a delightful Devonshire Cream Tea after visitng John Austin's studio in Dawlish, and seeing his collection of paintings about to go on show in Pickering.

Ben Robarts-Arnold giving an introduction over coffee in the "Orion" pullman car at Pecorama John Austin's "Royal Scot" Michael Harris, the Curator showing us one of the six Cuneo originals painted for the Holman Brothers - "The Machine Shop, Camborne"

Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th June - Three "At Home" visits in the Melton Mowbray area.
This two-day event began with many members arriving for a "cuppa and cake" at Helen Pike's home, with the opportunity to see her original of "The Masseuse", and many other Cuneo-related items. The next day members visited a private home where seven original Cuneos were on display amongst many other famous artists's works. A complimentary lunch was provided at Langer Hall, followed by a visit to Humphrey and Diana Platts for another "cuppa and cake" and viewing of their original "Night Express".


At Helen's Cuneo's "The Lord Mayor's Procession", 1950 Our Hosts out Riding
Cuneo's "The Flower Boat, Kashmir, India" Lunch at Langar Hall With the Platts for tea

Saturday 6th April - AGM
This year's AGM was held at the Bentley Drivers Club, Wroxton, Banbury, with 46 members attending. The meeting started after a presentation by Ian Scott who outlined the history of Bentley, its racing achievements, and range of motor vehicles, closing with an overview of the paintings involving Bentleys that Cuneo painted. The original of Stanley Sedgewick in the 8 litre Bentley UL 7, in the Boardroom was visited by Society members. The main event during the meeting was the retirement as Society Secretary of Geoff Squires and the inauguration of Gilly Rainer as his successor. Scott Hillsdon was also commended on the tenth anniversary of his role as MembershipSecretary.

Our host Noel Trewela and speaker Ian Scott
looking at
their "thank you" gifts

The trophy presented to Geoff Squires
on standing down as Society Secretary after seven years' service
Gilly Rainer being introduced as the new Society Trustee and Secretary Society President, Carole Cuneo showing members
her handshake with HM The Queen


Thursday 28th February - "Six Hours in Street"

This day comprised three elements, firstly an illustrated talk by Carole Cuneo about the three lectures she was to 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 Clark's Outlet Village.

Carole starting her talk The "Brown Peters" slippers, the first shoes, introduced in 1828 Dr Tim Crumplin giving his talk
Cuneo's Commissioning Letter Cuneo's Acceptance Letter Research pictures by Nuttalls
The Clark's first home in Street Cuneo's "The Sole Room" In the Shoe Museum


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 visited 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



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

Thursday 10 October at Sarum College, Salisbury

Society of Equestrian Artists - Cuneo Medal Award, 2019 (15th September, 2019)

Jane Braithwaite won the prestigious Cuneo Medal 2019 for the best collection of paintings in this year's Exhibition. It was presented to her by Michael Clayton, a previous editor of the Horse & Hounds, and author of several equestrian books. Peter was also advisor to Terence Cuneo with his painting of the Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show.

The 2019 Cuneo Medal Michael Clayton presenting Jane Braithwate with the Medal, with some of her paintings in the background

Strauss, Cape Town, 6th October, 2019

One Cuneo oil painting will be sold at this auction. It has an estimate of R40,000 to R50,000

"Bo-Kaap", Cape Town, 1967


Dukes Fine Art Auctions, Dorchester, 26th September, 2019

One oil painting a two posters will be sold in this auction

"Aylesford Newsprint"

Signed and dated May 1953 lower right, oil on canvas, 75cm x 101cm
Provenance: Ayelsford Newsprint, Kent Private Collection, Dorset

This painting was commissioned by Aylesford Newsprint and hung in the Director's office until the site was sold in 2015.

The Estimate ranges from £15,000 to £25,000
This Lot was unsold, though biding reached £13,000.

"Progress" A Warship Class being built at Swindon "Night Freight"

Estimated Price £200-400 . To Be Sold In The Art and Design Post 1850 - Sale Date 26th September 2019
This Lot of two items sold for £360.00

Cuneo Calendar, 2020

This is now availble from the Shop

Robert Perera, Lymington - Retail Sale

This 1955 original Cuneo painting is being offered for sale at £8,500.00

"Where The Dead Men Stand Up", Bryce Canyon, Utah, USA

Bonhams Auction, 5 July 2019 at Goodwood Festival, Chichester

One original Cuneo is up for auction in this sale. This is a copy of the Post Office Tower, signed by Terence Cuneo. Handwritten on the reverse of the canvas is the wording "'This painting is a copy taken from my original canvas", signed by Terence Cuneo. The origianal is still held at the Postal Museum in London. This signed oil copy is for sale with and estimate of £4,000 to £5,000. It was used for the 1965 Dunlop Calendar. This painting sold for £5,062 including premiums.

The Canterbury Auction Galleries, 11th and 12th June, 2019

One very rare canvas laid on board original American scene is being auctioned, with an estimate of £3,000 to £5,000. The painting was sold on 11 June for £6,600.

."Cream Chevrolet Truck approaching Railway Crossing", 1948

Bonhams Auction, 3 July 2019, London

One original Cuneo is up for auction in this sale

"Broomyard Factory", estimate £4,000 to £6,000. Realised £8.812 incl premium

Rail Art 2019 - At Kidderminster Railway Museum, Severn Valley Railway

The Guild of Railway Artists's 2019 Exhibition opens Saturday 17th August and runs until Sunday 29th September. It is open daily from 10:00am until 6:00pm except opening day (from 12:30pm) and closing day (until 2:00pm)


Christies Auction, London, 9 April 2019

Two original paintings featured in the Rootes 1953 calendar were offered for sale on 9 April.

Ceremony of The Keys
Estimate £8,000 to £12,000
Lifeguards in The Mall
Estimate 15,000 to £25,000

For Sale at Westenhanger Auctions, Kent on Sunday 24 February were:

This painting sold for £6,200

For Sale at Auction on 3 March 2019 were three of Terence Cuneo's numerous Mouse Paintings

"Explorer" "Muskateer, two" "When did you last see your father?"

Sworders Fine Art Auctions, Essex, 26 February 2019

These two rarely seen original paintings were sold by Sworders in the above Sale:

"Freight East from Pietermaritzburg", 1980
(headed by a class GMA Garrett 2-8-4+4-8-2)
(sold for £9,400)

"Queue for the Sheds, French Locomotives Waiting at Boulogne Depot", 1979
(did not achieve its reserve of £15,000, but was sold after the auction)

also sold were two of Terence Cuneo's mice paintings, both very nicely framed with provenance on the rear reaching a hammer price of £2,400 for the pair.

"The Sergeant" "The Camp Follower"




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