Bernard Blane Withey (1895 - 1976)

Bernard Blane Witheyself-portrait, 1931

SKU: 6639
Signed with initials, dated 1931
Oil on canvas

Height – 75.5cm
Width – 55cm


With the artist’s wife until 2013; private collection

Literature: Llewellyn, Sacha, and Paul Liss. Portrait of an Artist. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p.286.

Exhibited:​Royal Birmingham Society of Artists 1932 (?)


The artist wears an artfully-contrived version of fashionable dress that is conventional, even conservative in style, but which employs unusual, eye-catching colours, suggesting that he is a man of aesthetic inclinations and singular taste.


We are grateful to Jayne Shrimpton for her assistance.


Bernard Blane Withey as a young man


The picture in its frame:



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Bernard Blane Withey
Bernard Blane
1895 - 1976

​Bernard Blaine Withey born 24th October 1895 – died aged 81 in 1976,was a mural painter, portrait artist and genre painter. He was born in Wordsley near Stourbridge the son of a glass-cutter working in the local glass manufacturing industry. Bernard according the 1911 census was employed as a ‘Moulder’ in the local iron works so, it much have been a little later that he attended Moseley School of Art in Birmingham and from the 1920’s he furthered his studies at Birmingham School of Art first as a student and then as a teacher. He lived in Smethwick a suburb of Birmingham and is recorded as having exhibited at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists between 1932-37. Little else is known of his career despite being a first class artist.

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Bernard Blane Withey (1895 - 1976)
Bernard Blane Witheyself-portrait, 1931