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Events for 2018

Thursday 8th November - The "London Walk" - a visit to the New Postal Museum Archives, the award-winning Museum, then a ride on Mail Rail. Invitations were sent out on 11 September.

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 wi;ll 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 in June, and the London Walk in November. There is no Cuneo Holiday this year.

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

The Journal
The Summer Edition, Volume 4 Number 4, was sent out to Members in early August. The closing date for submissions for the Autumn Edition is 1 September 2018. The Autumn Edition is due for distribution in early October.

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

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

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

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


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

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 will be 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.

Railart 2018 - The Guild of Railway Artists annual exhibition for 2018 is being 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


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


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