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Portrait of a Gentleman
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Exmouth Town Council

Portrait of a Gentleman 1940

William Charles Penn (1877–1968)

Exmouth Town Council
Painter and influential teacher at Liverpool School of Art, 1911–post World War II, born in London. He studied at Lambeth and City and Guilds Schools of Art from 1895, winning medals and a scholarship to Royal Academy Schools, 1900–5, then studied at Académie Julian in Paris, 1908, and in following year in Netherlands and Belgium. As well as being a member of Sandon Studios Society and Liverpool Academy, belonged to ROI from 1908 and RP from 1952. Also exhibited with RA for many years, Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts and in Liverpool Autumn Exhibitions. Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool holds several examples. Lived for many years in Birkenhead, but died in Brampton, Cumberland. As an artist in oil Penn was noted for his sparkling, luscious technique.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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