Philip Connard

Putney Heath

Oil on canvas: 28(h) x 36(w) in /

71.1(h) x 91.4(w) cm

Signed lower right: CONNARD; signed and inscribed on a label attached to the frame: Philip Connard / Old Court / Chelsea SW3

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PHILIP CONNARD RA RWS NEAC NPS IS

Southport 1875 – 1958 Richmond

 

Putney Heath

 

Signed lower right: CONNARD; signed and inscribed

on a label attached to the frame: Philip Connard /

Old Court / Chelsea SW3

Oil on canvas: 28 x 36 in / 71.1 x 91.4 cm

Frame size: 36 ½ x 44 ½ in / 92.7 x 113 cm

 

Painted circa 1925

 

Provenance:

Private collection, UK, then by descent

 

Exhibited:

London, Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition, 4th May-8th August 1925, no.146

 

Literature:

The Royal Academy Illustrated, Walter Judd Publishers, London, 1925, p.89

 

 

Philip Connard exhibited this beautiful, blustery landscape of Putney Heath alongside his diploma work, Apollo and Daphne, at the Royal Academy Summer exhibition of 1925, marking the artist’s election to full Royal Academician that year. Connard painted a successful series of pastoral landscapes during the 1920s, including Spring on Wimbledon Common, London (Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport) and Summer, possibly based on the river Stour at Dedham (Tate). These lush, idyllic panoramas are dominated by towering, verdant trees framing grand vistas and providing the perfect natural setting for his dramatis personae. In the present work, Connard records a contemporary account of the various leisure activities afforded by this quintessentially English green parkland, viewed through a wooded glade. Despite the stormy sky, several figures lean into the wind for a bracing walk through patches of sunlight with dogs, friends or a perambulator, while in the distance we see three people horse-riding; each figure a bright note of colour in white, scarlet or magenta to draw the eye and illuminate the scene, like the joyful rainbow in the top right hand corner.

Spring on Wimbledon Common, London                                  Summer, c.1922

Oil on canvas: 62 x 75 cm                                               Oil on canvas: 28 x 36 in

Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport                                      Tate Britain

 

 

 

PHILIP CONNARD RA RWS NEAC NPS IS

Southport 1875 – 1958 Richmond

 

Philip Connard was a painter of pastoral stylized landscapes, naturalistic plein-air riverscapes, seascapes, bathing scenes and portraits. During his career he also worked as an illustrator and a textile designer. Born at Southport in 1875, he trained at the South Kensington School of Art and won a British Institute travelling scholarship in 1898, which took him to Paris where he studied under Benjamin Constant and Jean-Paul Laurens. For a short period, he was employed as a designer in a carpet factory in Liege.

 

Connard returned to London and took up a teaching post at the Lambeth School of Art. He became closely acquainted with Wilson Steer and from 1901 he exhibited at the New English Art Club of which he became a member in 1909. He held his first one-man show at the Leicester Galleries in 1912, the success of which enabled him to give up teaching and devote himself entirely to painting.

 

During the First World War, Connard served in France, but was invalided out in 1916; he then became an Official War Artist to the Royal Navy. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1918 and was elected an Associate member the same year. He became a full member in 1925 and was appointed Keeper of the Royal Academy Schools from 1945-1958. His major commissions included mural decorations for the Queen’s dolls house at Windsor in 1924, and a decorative panel for the dining room of the liner Queen Mary. Connard was awarded the CVO in 1950 and died at Richmond in 1958.

 

Modern BritishPhilip Connard