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Sir James Mathews, MA, LLD, JP

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Southampton Solent University

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Peter Folkes was born in 1923 at Beaminster, Dorset. His studies at the West of England College of Art, Bristol (1941–1950) were interrupted by military service during which he served as a draughtsman in the Royal Corps of Signals in North Africa and Europe. In 1952 he was elected an Associate of the Royal West of England Academy and made an Academician seven years later. In 1963 Peter Folkes was awarded a Goldsmiths Travelling Scholarship which enabled him to embark upon an influential period of travelling and painting in the USA. Six years later he was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours after which he became Vice President in 1989.

Southampton Solent University





oil on canvas


H 124.3 x W 99.5 cm

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commissioned, 1994

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