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Claughton Pellew 1890-1966, Artist

Claughton Pellew 1890-1966, Artist

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Claughton Pellew, an artist of the 1920s working in the aftermath of the Great War 1914-18 during which he was imprisoned as a pacifist: His life and a gallery of his pictures.

Claughton Pellew, an artist of the 1920s working in the aftermath of the Great War 1914-18 during which he was imprisoned as a pacifist: His life and a gallery of his pictures.

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Published by: Nebukadnezza on Dec 19, 2012
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06/16/2015

 
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CLAUGHTON PELLEW
1890-1966 An artist of the 1920s, working in the aftermath of the Great War
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 Claughton Pellew
“Self 
-portrait
1912”, chalk on paper
 
 Despite his shyness, the Cornish artist Claughton Pellew played an important role in the 1920s when his visions of English pastoral peace and harmony, translated into water-colour and wood engraving, led the way out of the trauma inflicted by the First World War. During the last two years of that war he was imprisoned for refusing to cooperate in any way with its prosecution
 
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CLAUGHTON PELLEW
 – 
 CONTENTS
Pages
A Shy Cornishman 
” – 
 Article 2-5 GALLERY 6-7
The Conscientious Claughton Pelle
” – 
 Article 8 GALLERY (continued) 9-28 DRAMATIS PERSONAE (Photographs & Text) 29-35 Family 29
‘Slade’ Contemporaries 3
0 Primary Influences 31-32 Pellew in Prison 1916-18 32 Bavaria & Bohemia 1923-49 33-35
Pellews at ‘the Pightle’
35 ADDENDUM 36 References Galleries which hold collections of his work POSTSCRIPT 37
Remnant
” of a
 Pellew painting c. 1920
A painting by Kechie Tennent, Pellew’s wife
 A book written by James Methuen-Campbell and containing many of
Pellew’s paintings and a selection of his prints
 is being published by Fleece Press next year. http://www.fleecepress.com/ 
 
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A Shy Cornishman
 
The artist Claughton Pellew 1890-1966
Cornwall has been the inspiration for generations of artists and writers. Here is an exception, a Cornishman, the last of his family to be born in Cornwall, who by circumstance became exposed to quite different artistic influences and, instead of returning to his native land, chose to live in isolation on the windy north Norfolk coast. From there his visions of the countryside around him began to flow like a dream.
 He seemed fated to work for and help others and denied himself the full exercise of his talents. Poor dear man he was the most unselfish of beings
”, wrote the artist John Nash of his lifelong friend Claughton Pellew.
Claughton was a landscape artist who sought obscurity but found himself playing an important role when his  perceptions of English pastoral peace and harmony, translated into water-colour and wood engraving, led the way out of the trauma inflicted on the country by the First World War. Even today, eighty years after the main body of his work was completed, his burning affection for the rural scenes of the past shines through.
“Rick tops” 1914
, watercolour with pen and ink, gouache & chalk. Claughton saw hayricks
“as more than an incidental feature of the landscape; their height dominate
s the surroundings
and makes them a fitting emblem of the climactic moment of harvest”
(
Timothy Wilcox
)
.
The brothers Paul and John Nash, who became two of the most influential English landscape painters of the last century, were each of them fired up by
the young Claughton’s romantic approach
, and by the intensity of his love for the countryside and its features. Paul trained with Claughton at the Slade in London, where their contemporaries included such future luminaries of the art world as Ben Nicholson, Stanley Spencer and Christopher Nevinson (pictures and details of these and other
Slade artists
 are at page 30).

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