Eardley Knollys at Messum’s Fine Art

Eardley Knollys (1902-1991), Selected works from The Studio Estate, until 26th April, Messum’s Fine Art, 8 Cork Street, London W1

Eardley Knollys Cap Martin from Churchill's Garden oil on board 10 x 7 in (25 x 18 cm)

Eardley Knollys
Cap Martin from Churchill’s Garden
oil on board
10 x 7 in (25 x 18 cm)

Eardley Knollys was an artist, art dealer and a National Trust Regional Representative – he features in James Lees-Milne’s diaries – they were long-time friends.  He started dealing in pictures in 1936 as a director of the Storran Gallery, which was originally opposite Harrods, and he ran it for eight years.

Eardley Knollys Dahlias oil on canvas 61 x  51 cm (24 x 20 1⁄8 in)

Eardley Knollys
Dahlias
oil on canvas
61 x 51 cm (24 x 20 1⁄8 in)

He started painting in the late 1950s and although rather independent in style – he did not train as an artist – one can see elements of the Bloomsbury School in some of his works. He had his first solo show in 1960.  His works have a bravado use of colour and Duncan Grant said they showed “such courageous enthusiasm… [Knollys] is one of the purest painters I know.”

Eardley Knollys Hampshire Landscape with Barns oil on canvas 21 x 16 in (53 x 41 cm)

Eardley Knollys
Hampshire Landscape with Barns
oil on canvas
21 x 16 in (53 x 41 cm)

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