Knutsford Town Council, Council Offices, Toft Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6TA
A keynote presentation in which Ken Broughton, Secretary & Editor of The Charles Tunnicliffe Society, shares his extensive knowledge of Tunnicliffe’s life and work.
Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe grew up on a small farm at Sutton Lane Ends, just outside Macclesfield, and showed an early talent for art. In the 1920s his farming background was an inspiration for many of his etchings and, in the 1930s, for illustrating agricultural advertisements.
During his lifetime, Tunnicliffe became a renowned naturalistic painter of British birds and other wildlife and is regarded as one of Britain’s greatest wildlife artists. He was a prolific artist who also created illustrations for books, magazines, calendars, posters and comics. Tunnicliffe worked in a wide variety of media including watercolour, etching, wood engraving, woodcut, scraperboard and oils.
One of the authors with whom he worked closely was Alison Uttley, a grande dame of British literature who was a former resident of Knutsford. Although they never met, Tunnicliffe had a good working relationship with Alison Uttley, creating illustrations for seventeen of her countryside books including ‘The Country Child’ and ‘Ambush of Young Days’.
Charles Tunnicliffe was elected a Royal Academician in 1954. Hosted by Knutsford Town Council, this talk takes place in the Council’s Grade II offices, the former Prison Governor’s house.
Saturday 8 September: Talk 1200-1300
No booking required
Some original illustrations by Charles Tunnicliffe’s for Alison Uttley can be seen at Knutsford Library, as part of a special linked exhibition courtesy of Knutsford Promenades, Cheshire Archives and Local Studies and The Charles Tunnicliffe Society, on Thursday 6 September to Saturday 7 September. Visitors will also be interested to note that Edward Penny RA, who co-founded the Royal Academy in 1768 and was the Royal Academy’s first Professor of Painting, was born in Knutsford. A blue plaque in his honour is displayed outside The Freemasons Arms on Silk Mill Street. Contact for the day: James Power