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Roland Vivian Pitchforth (1895-1982)
Southampton Water

With title in artist's hand verso.


Roland Vivian Pitchforth (1895-1982)

Landscape and predominantly seascape painter in watercolour and, before 1945 oil. Born Wakefield, Yorkshire and studied at Wakefield School of art 1912-194, Leeds School of Art 1914-15 and 1919-20 his studies being interrupted by war service. He was then at Royal College of Art 1920-5 and also visited Paris. His first one man show was at the London Artists' association in 1928.  Official war artist 1940-5. Was elected RA in 1953. From 1945 he travelled extensively in Ceylon, Burma and South Africa. In 1948 he took up a teaching post at Chelsea polytechnic, Camberwell, St Martin's School of Art, Clapham and Royal College of Art also drawing on teaching skills at various times. Pitchforth's delicately washy watercolours became a feature of RA Summer Exhibitions after World War II. His work is in the Tate Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, in many provincial galleries and abroad. Lived in London.

Other paintings by this artist:

  • A Scottish Loch
  • Boat in an Estuary
  • Chelsea Bridge

Artwork Tags: Marine | Watercolour

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