Charles Cundall

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  • ART/WA2/03/051
Art and Popular Design
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  • whole: 300pp

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Dickey wrote to Cundall in January 1940 inviting him for consideration for one of the Air Ministry posts. At the same time Cundall was working on a poster of tanks for the General Production Division of the Ministry of Information (IWM:ART LD 15). The papers on the file are not always specific about the commissioning and/or acceptance of artworks. In many cases Cundall's studies for larger works were also acquired. There are occasional references to subject matter or locations which give an indication of particular works. He travelled to many locations including Falmouth, Northern Ireland, South Wales, Blackpool and Scotland. Much correspondence concerns administrative matters, including the Ministry's contribution to Cundall's studio rent, expenses, and his frequent requests for photographs of his works. Other subjects include the question of Cundall continuing to work at the Admiralty or going over to the Air Ministry; problems over reproductions by Brownlees Studios (qv), and censorship of pictures. In (85) Cundall mentions that he has been invited to serve on T A Fennemore's sketching permits committee at the Central Institute of Art and Design. In 1946, King George asked for two pictures by Cundall of wartime activities in Windsor Great Park. Although it was initially suggested that they should be on long-term loan to the King, he asked to purchase them and this was agreed. Also after the war, Cundall corresponded with Ernest Blaikley, Keeper of Art at the IWM, regarding an unfinished picture of a Thanksgiving Service at St. Paul's Cathedral (probably IWM:ART LD 5773).

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