Murals & Decorative Painting 1910-1970

The murals that were produced in this country in the twentieth century remain as one of the great inventive achievements in modern British art. Highly original in their approach to design, balancing varying degrees of modernity or tradition, they demonstrate the creative drive of their makers and contain singular expressions of the aesthetic, personal and social concerns that typify the ages from which they come. Some are celebrations of simple human pleasures, perhaps to decorate a refreshment room, an ocean liner or a dining room. Others are intended to be the highest expressions of their art, ambitious allegorical or decorative compositions that like the frescoes of the Renaissance would speak through the ages to later generations. The individuals and committees who commissioned them similarly believed they would both represent the best that Britain had to offer and mark the high accomplishment of contemporary society, elevating the public and private spaces they occupied and inspiring moral purpose.

Works Featured in this catalogue

Frank Brangwyn
The Last Supper, St Joseph’s, Stokesley, 1946
£2,750.00
Frank Brangwyn
Parrot – Original Study for the Great Empire Panels
£1,250.00
Private
Collection
Barbara Jones
Study for Man and his Senses, c. 1966-71
Private
Collection
Doris Zinkeisen
Work Artists record of mural designed for the Arts and Crafts exhibition, Royal Academy, 1916
Forthcoming
Alan Sorrell
Mural IV for the canteen of John D. Francis Ltd, Fazakerley, Liverpool, 1947
Forthcoming
Alan Sorrell
Mural III for the canteen of John D. Francis Ltd, Fazakerley, Liverpool, 1947
Sold
Sir Thomas Monnington
Design for Students Union, University of London, circa 1969
Sold
Evelyn Dunbar
The Woodcutter and the Bees, spring 1933 [HMO 309]
Evelyn Dunbar
Colour study for sub-gallery spandrels at Brockley County School for Boys [HMO 551]
£2,350.00
Barbara Jones
Study for Man at Work – a century of technical and social progress, 1961
£2,800.00
Mary Adshead
Lunette design for a school mural, 1930’s
£2,300.00
Sold
Alan Sorrell
Study for The Nelson Bar, HMS Campania, 1951
Alan Sorrell
Mural I for the canteen of John D. Francis Ltd, Fazakerley, Liverpool, 1947
Forthcoming
Barbara Jones
Man at WorkA Century of Technical and Social Progress, 1961
Private
Collection
Peter Lanyon
Porthmeor Mural, 1962
Willi Soukop
Physical Education, Reading & Discussion and Woodwork & Metalwork, early 1950s
£9,500.00
Sold
Evelyn Dunbar
Autumn and the Poet, 1948-1960
Private
Collection
Kenneth Rowntree
The British Restaurant at Acton, Middlesex, 1942
Charles Mahoney
First design for the Thomas More Altar, Cheyne Row, London, mid 1930s
£2,950.00
John Armstrong
Suggested Design for The Pleasure of Living, Shell Centre London Circa 1961
£2,150.00
Mary Adshead
Garison Lane Nursery Training School, circa 1930
£1,400.00
Sold
Mary Adshead
Nursery Designs
Charles Mahoney
Study for The Four Winds of Hilly Fields, ceiling design for Brockley County School, c. 1932-36
£1,650.00
Frank Brangwyn
The Printed Word Makes the People of the World One, mural for the entrance hall of Odham Press, London, 1935-36
Forthcoming
Edward Bawden
The English Pub, 1949 -1951
Barbara Jones
Out in the Hall, 1960
Sold
John Armstrong
Studies for Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton, Surrey, 1961
John Armstrong
Suggested Decoration for The Pleasures of Living mural, Shell Centre, circa 1961
£2,510.00
John Armstrong
Suggested Design forThe Pleasure of Living mural at Shell Centre, circa 1961
£2,640.00
Mary Adshead
Farmers ploughing, Study for The World’s Food mural, c. 1942
£1,100.00
Mary Adshead
Scenes from the Life of Christ: Preaching the Gospel, mid-1920s
£8,750.00
Victor Reinganum
Three Muses, 1968
£6,500.00
Forthcoming
Anne Newland
The Legend of Ceres, c. 1938-39
Forthcoming
Frank Brangwyn
Study for Mans Ultimate Destiny, c. 1932
Forthcoming
John Piper
The Englishman’s Home, 1951
Sold
John Cecil Stephenson
Study for Fugue, 1953
Private
Collection
Edward Halliday
Hypnos, 1928
Frank Brangwyn
Study for Man the Creator, circa 1932
£35,000.00
Frank Brangwyn
Study for Man the Master 1930-1934
£48,000.00
Charles Mahoney
Compositional study for The pleasures of Life at Morley College, 1928-30
£3,960.00
Forthcoming
Jean Clark
Study for the Committee Room of the London Bankers Clearing House, 1958
Stanley Lewis
Study for the Central Group of Allegory, c. 1929
Sir Thomas Monnington
Design for the ceiling of the Mary Harris Memorial Chapel, (pale ground) University of Exeter, 1956
£11,000.00
Sold
Dean Cornwell
Functions of Combat; Service of Supply, circa 1945
Private
Collection
Claude Francis Barry
The Heart of the Empire: Our Finest Hour, 1940
Sold
Sir Thomas Monnington
Study for The Fifth Station, The Cross is laid upon Simon of Cyrene, circa 1960
Forthcoming
Charles Mahoney
Study for The Birth of the Virgin, c. 1942
Forthcoming
Charles Mahoney
Study for Fortune & the Boy at the Well, mural at Brockley County School, 1933
Charles Mahoney
Study of a grumpy cherub, for Campion Hall, early 1940’s
£1,250.00
Charles Mahoney
Design for the wall above the altar at Campion Hall, Two Angels Overlooking a Garden
£9,500.00
Charles Mahoney
Design for the altar wall, Annunciation in an allotment, circa 1942
£7,750.00
Sold
Charles Mahoney
The Birthday Party, circa 1957