Literature: Llewellyn, Sacha, and Paul Liss. Portrait of an Artist. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p.70.
Exhibited: The Lightbox, Woking, Out of the Shadows, 2020, cat 13
Hubert Finney was a painter, draughtsman and teacher who trained initially at Bromley School of Art, where he attended evening classes from 1915, and then at Beckenham School of Art to where he won a trade scholarship in 1918. He studied painting with Amy Katherine Browning and etching with Eric Gill. Around 1927, he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, where he was greatly influenced by the drawing classes of Percy Jowett. Finney would later remark:
‘He (Jewett) visited the school two or three days a week, and by the inspiration of his teaching gained our confidence and almost hero worship, transferring his own enthusiasm for drawing, and the beauty of classical construction of the human figure, to all who came under his instruction. I remember still with clarity, his beautiful selective demonstration drawings on the side of our own drawings, which we eventually cut out and treasure. But like so many things in life they became lost. It became a lively little school, and it had a small garden at the back in which we had models sittingdrawing, fine summer days. If my life at home had been happier and my father had been less disruptive in his influence in the home, these days could have been happy ones during my study in this school. One ofmy great regret is that I did not preserve or try to keep some of the drawings and paintings that I made during these formative years, when one’s vision was fresh and one’s emotional response to things was intense and full of excitement. . . .’