Public Collection

On Loan

Finney, Hubert Arthur

(1905 – 1991)

The Artist's Model in the Studio, circa 1930

SKU: 6648

Signed, inscribed with colour notes

Watercolour on paper

Size:
Height: 50.8cm
Width: 38.1cm

DESCRIPTION

Provenance:
The Artist’s family

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. . . .’

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THE ARTIST

Finney, Hubert Arthur

1905 – 1991

Hubert Arthur 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 studied under William Rothenstein. Horton, Houthuesen, Ososki and Freedman were amongst his friends at the college. In 1929 after graduation he took up a travelling scholarship to Rome returning to teach part-time at Chelsea School of Art under Percy Jowett and later Harold Sandys Williamson. From 1927-1934 he exhibited at the NEAC. In 1935 his painting Mother and Child was acquired by Carlisle Art Gallery. During WW2 Finney worked for the light rescue service of the Civil Defense. After the war he taught part time under Anthony Betts at Reading University and was in charge of life drawing there when he retired in 1970. Although he was reclusive and reluctant to show his work he did exhibit at the RA Summer exhibition (in 1950 and 1954) and the Portrait Society and at The Paris Salon. A large solo exhibition took place at the University of Oxford’s Institute of Education in 1964.

We are grateful to Nicholas Finney and David Buckman for assistance.

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