The RCA at Ambleside

This show explores a fascinating chapter in the history of the Royal College of Art, when the School was evacuated to the Lake District following the Battle of Britain.

The exhibition features works largely produced in Ambleside, and includes pictures by the Principal, Percy Jowett (1892-1955), as well as other members of the faculty such as Percy Horton (1897-1970), Robert Austin (1895-1973), and Charles Mahoney (1903-1968). Mahoney was resident master at Queen’s hotel – where the male students were housed – and delighted in recording his ‘digs’ as well as the Victorian Gothic architecture of Ambleside, as demonstrated in his View From the Library Roof.

Works FEATURED in this Exhibition

Percy Horton (1897 - 1970)
Self Portrait, 1950
£5,950
Sold
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Home Guard Troops near Ambleside, c.1942-43
Sold
Percy Horton (1897 - 1970)
Winter at Ambleside, 1944
Percy Jowett (1892 - 1955)
Barn Interior
£2,950
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Troops in the Lake District
Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)
Room at the Queens Hotel, Ambleside, circa 1940
£1,950
Robert Austin (1895 - 1973)
My bed, rainy day, 1939
£5,850
Percy Horton (1897 - 1970)
View of Houses Through a Gap in Trees
£9,500
William S Taylor (1920 - 2010)
Soldier’s kit, 1940
£3,400
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Portrait of a Soldier, circa 1940
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
The Hunt
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Shoeing ‘Orses
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Protective Covering
William S Taylor (1920 - 2010)
Sitting room at Ambleside
£700
William S Taylor (1920 - 2010)
Ambleside, 1941
£825
Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)
Gas Mask Drill, Ambleside, circa 1942
£1,400
Robert Austin (1895 - 1973)
Evening, 1940
£380
Private
Robert Sawyers (1923 - 2002)
Home Guard Parade, Ambleside, circa 1944/1945
Robert Austin (1895 - 1973)
Easter Sunday, 1940
£380
Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)
Ambleside, circa 1942
£1,650
Sold
Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)
Self-portrait, Ambleside, 1941
Robert Austin (1895 - 1973)
Campbed, 1939
£860
Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)
Digs at Ambleside, c.1940
£2,650
Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)
The Artist’s bedroom at The Queens Hotel, Ambleside, circa 1941
£1,600
Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)
Street scene with children wearing gas masks, circa 1940
£1,950
Private
Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)
Ambleside, View from the Library Roof, circa 1942
Sold
William S Taylor (1920 - 2010)
The Studio, Ambleside, 1943