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Grenadiers at St. James Palace

Greville Irwin

Studied art at the Academie Julian in Paris and after at the Academie des Beaux Arts in Brussels. He spent some time in Brittany before the First World War and served in the trenches, probably Lieutenant HGW Irwin recorded as wounded by shrapnel and captured at the Battle of Mons, a  wound which would paralyse him for life.Despite his disability he thrived as an artist between the wars exhibiting widely including the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of British Artists.Subjects reflected his travels including Mevagissey and Polperro in Cornwall, Concarneau in Brittany as well as London and Paris. His speciality, being ex-military, was in recording martial events and Royal occasions throughout the 1930s. He appears to have had a ‘ringside seat’ to the processions and his impressionist style captured the moment and atmosphere wonderfully. He took a studio in the artist colony in St.Ives in 1946, but sadly, after a life in pain from his spinal injury and suffering depression, he committed suicide.

Oil on board, unframed.

Signed and annotated on back of board.

One light scuff to front as highlighted on photograph.

Ref: P309
Size: 45 x 56cm

Price: £2,500

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