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Chasseurs a Cheval Officer 1815

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Artist: John Berry

A portrait titled to the reverse of the stretcher  'Chasseurs a Cheval Officer 1815', painted in oil on canvas and within an earlier gilt-wood frame, signed by the artist John Berry. English circa 1960.


overall dimensions: 30 in x 35 in 


John Berry was born in London in 1920, a talented artist he attended Hammersmith School of Art in 1934. At the age of 19 he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Schools but was prevented from taking up this scholarship due to the outbreak of the Second World War; Berry joining up with the RAF. It was whilst with the RAF in North Africa that he offered to make up a poster advertising a National Day of Prayer, the artwork coming to the attention of Air-Marshal Arthur Tedder who promptly had Berry seconded to the army as a war artist. John Berry was the only war artist to be drawn from the ranks and The Imperial War Museum later bought four of his paintings.  

As a free lance artist he worked in advertising and was responsible for the Esso Oil Company's 'Put a Tiger in Your Tank!' campaign and for the next ten years continued to draw tigers for them. At the end of the 1950's he joined Ladybird Books as one of their principle illustrators but as this work dried up during the early 1980's he returned to portraiture. President George Bush Senior and Diana, Princess of Wales, were among his subjects. His portrait of George Bush Snr as a young naval aviator stands in a central position in the foyer of the George Bush Gallery of the Pacific War. He produced many commissioned portraits while under the auspices of Harrods as their main portrait painter including His Highness Sheikh Zayed, Ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of the United Arab Emirates. He was a highly accomplished artist whether working in oil, watercolour, charcoal or pencil. He died in December 2009.


Item Code: 3516

£ 2950

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