Thomas Cantrell Dugdale

Thomas Cantrell Dugdale

1880 - 1952

Born 1880 in Blackburn, Lancashire; Died 1952 in London

Painter of portraits, genre scenes and landscapes in oils and watercolours. Also an illustrator, decorator, and textile designer.

Thomas Cantrell Dugdale first studied at Manchester School of Art before continuing his artistic training in London at the Royal College of Art and City and Guilds Schools. Dugdale then pursued his studies in Paris at the Académie Julian and Atelier Colarossi. This broad and international exposure to a range of art and design practices had a formidable impact on Dugdale’s career as both an artist and a designer. He was winner of a British Institution Painting Scholarship and exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1901 and 1953.

During the First World War Dugdale served in the Yeomanry (he joined in 1910) and was stationed in the Middle East and North Africa. After the war and on his return to London, Dugdale held a solo exhibition at the Leicester Galleries (1919) which brought to a London audience his own, personal experiences of war . Included in the exhibition were impressive landscapes and military scenes painted in exotic locations as Gallipoli, Syria, Palestine and Egypt, among others. Dugdale exhibited in Paris, too, and received awards at the Paris Salon in 1921 (Silver Medal) and the Paris Exhibition of Decorative Arts in 1925 (Gold Medal). His subjects include desert war scenes, characterful portraits of military personnel, sensual female nudes, and everyday urban scenes of London life. Such a broad range of painting is neatly brought together by a shared expression of realism, executed with freedom and energetic spirit. He became as Associate of the Royal Academy in 1936 and received his full membership in 1943.

Dugdale is represented by number of national collections. The Imperial War Museum, London, holds an extensive collection of his military portraits and scenes of combat and daily military life. The Government Art Collection, Museum of London, Tate, and National Portrait Gallery also represent him. Numerous regional collections across Britain continue to hold and exhibit works by Dugdale.

(Benjamin Angwin - December 2014)