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The Charcoal Burner

Thomas Hennell (1903-1945)


Signed with initials
Signed and inscribed 'Ridley, Wrotham, Kent' and '£21' on label on stretcher

Oil on canvas

20 x 30 inches

Probably exhibited at the National Gallery, London, during the Second World War;
'Thomas Hennell, 1903-1945. Kent Artist, Painter of Rural Life; Circle of Ravilious and Bawden', Folkestone Art Trust, University Centre, Folkestone, April 2012, No 39;
'A Century of British Art: 1900-1945', Chris Beetles Gallery, 21 June-17 July 2021, No 170

Thomas Hennell probably painted this oil of a charcoal burner near his home in Ridley, Kent, in about 1940. Its frame bears labels that indicate that it was produced as the result of support from an ‘RAF Scheme’ and the ‘Central Institute of Art and Design/National Gallery London’, for which Sir Kenneth Clark was responsible.

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