Charles Ernst Cundall 1890- 1971 was a regular exhibitor at the RA and was elected an associate member in 1937 and a full member in 1944. He was born in Stretford, Lancashire. After working as a designer of pottery and stained glass at the Pilkingtons factory he studied at the Manchester School of art and gained a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in 1912 . He enlisted as a royal Fusilier in WW1 and badly injured his right arm. Before returning to College in 1918 he had to relearn to paint using his left. Afterwards he attended the Slade School of Art and then studied in Paris before travelling extensively. His first solo show was in 1927. He became a full time admiralty artist and also worked on a major painting of the Commemoration Ceremony of the Battle of Britain in 1943. King George V1 purchased two of Cundall’s works. Cundall’s best known work was The Withdrawal from Dunkirk June 1940.
As well as notable Academians such as Cundall who grow in stature through membership of the academy, many artists become successful after training at the Academy . The Scottish sisters Doris and Anna Zinkeisen attended the RA Schools in 1917.
Anna was a portraitist and she became a well known society painter. She was also well known for her equestrian portraiture and scenes of London parks as shown in her painting of Lady Caroline Lamb riding through Hyde Park.
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