Charles Frederick TUNNICLIFFE (Langley 1901 - Anglesey 1979)

Leaping Salmon Sold

Watercolour, heightened with gouache.
Signed with monogram CT at the lower right.
221 x 372 mm. (8 3/4 x 14 5/8 in.) [image]
270 x 415 mm. (10 5/8 x 16 3/8 in.) [sheet]


Throughout his career, Tunnicliffe produced a number of drawings and wood engravings for book illustrations, beginning with those for Henry Williamson’s Tarka the Otter, published in 1932. The artist was to illustrate more than eighty books, including five other works by Williamson, as well as books by H. E. Bates, Mary Priestley, Ernest Hemingway, Richard Church, Allison Utley and others.

This large watercolour is a drawing for the wraparound dust jacket of the first edition of the book Salar the Salmon by Henry Williamson, published by Faber and Faber in London in 1935. As well as this watercolour for the cover, Tunnicliffe produced several wood engravings which appear as vignettes throughout the book, while for the illustrated edition published the following year he added several colour plates. While the book was not as commercially successful as Tarka the Otter, its illustrations were greatly admired. As a recent biographer of the artist has noted, ‘the watercolour illustrations for Faber’s edition [of Salar the Salmon] were delicate and quite exquisite.’

Private collection, Europe, until 2010
Anonymous sale, London, Christie’s South Kensington, (‘An Important Private European Collection of Works by Archibald Thorburn and Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe, R.A.’), 3 November 2010, lot 76.

Henry Williamson, Salar the Salmon, London, 1935 [dust jacket].

Charles Frederick TUNNICLIFFE

Leaping Salmon


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