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Lot 30: Edward Walker - Hemingford Abbots, Huntingdon
November 17, 2012
St. Ives, United KingdomLive Auction
Edward Walker (British, 19th Century) b.1879
Hemingford Abbots, Huntingdon
signed & dated 1944
Other Notes: Edward Walker was Head of Scarborough School of Art. He painted in the St Ives and Fenstanton area.
At the outbrake of the Second World War an ambitious scheme was set up to employ artists on the home front. The results wa a collection of more than 1500 watercolours and drawings that make up a fascinating record of British lives and landscapes at a time of imminent change.
Recording Britain was the brainchild of Sir Kenneth Clarkm who saw it as an extension of the Official War Artist scheme. By choosing watercolour painting as the medium of record, Clark hoped that the scheme would also help to preserve this characteristic English art form. With money from the Pilgrim Trust ( a fund provided by American millionaire Edward Harkness) the scheme's administrators comissioned some of the country's finest watercolour painters, including Sitr William Russell Flint, Charles Knight, Rowland Hilder and John Piper. Other younfer artists - some fresh out of art school (such as Phylis Dimond) - were invited to submit pictures and were paid a small fee for each work accepted.