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Major Peter Dearman Birchall, MA, DL, Chairman of Gloucestershire County Council (1967–1976)
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Gloucestershire County Council

Portrait painter, born in Shanghai, China, who attended Winchester College as a fourth-generation Wykehamist. He won the Vere Herbert History Prize before going up to study history and then English at Trinity College, Oxford. Teesdale was posted to Peking in the British Consular Service and at the outbreak of World War II joined the East Kent Regiment, fighting in Africa and Italy, rising to the rank of major. The classical portraits by his ancestor Hugh Robinson at Whitminster House, in Gloucestershire, were a boyhood inspiration. When he inherited the house in 1952, with his wife he devoted much time to the maintenance of it and its fine gardens. Teesdale studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in 1946–7 under Allan Gwynne-Jones and Rodrigo Moynihan.

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

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