View of South Pallant, Chichester

by Ronald Ossory Dunlop

  • artist: Ronald Ossory Dunlop
  • title: View of South Pallant, Chichester
  • medium: oil on panel
    signed lower right
    Ronald Ossory Dunlop (b. 1894 in Dublin, Ireland – 1973) was an Irish author and painter in oil of landscapes, seascapes, figure studies, portraits and still life.

    He studied at Manchester School of Art and in Paris, having spent some time working in an advertising agency. He became a prolific exhibitor, venues including the RA, NEAC, Leicester and Redfern Galleries, RSA, RHA and the Glasgow Institute of Fine Art.

    His first one man show (1928) was at the Redfern Gallery. In 1923 he had founded the Emotionist Group of writers and artists, and his own work is characterised by a painterly exuberance. Dunlop's work is in a number of public galleries, including the Tate.

    Most of his life was spent in England, latterly at Barnham, West Sussex, close to Chichester. He achieved fame in his lifetime, having been elected a full member of the Royal Academy in 1950, and his work is instantly recognisable, as are the many fakes which have appeared on the market over the past thirty years or so!

    Alex Fraser of Vancouver was Dunlop's dealer in London and again later in Canada once Fraser had emigrated in the 1940s. Dunlop spent quite some time in Canada and exhibited regularly with Alex Fraser.

    Dunlop's mother, Eleanor (née Fitzpatrick) was a watercolour artist and his father, Daniel Nicol Dunlop (1868-1935), was a great friend of W. B. Yeats, James Stephens and George Russell, or ‘Æ’. Together Yeats, ‘Æ’ and Daniel Nicol Dunlop published The Irish Theosophist from the home of Eleanor’s father, the Shakespearean scholar R.H. Fitzpatrick.

    Thus Dunlop grew up surrounded by the seminal figures of the Irish Literary Renaissance, in an atmosphere smacking of mysticism and Spiritualism. The Dunlop family moved to New York in 1899, then London three years later. From here, they made the annual pilgrimage back to Dublin during Horse Show week, with Dunlop’s father returning to London clutching two or three more ‘Æ’ canvasses each time. Dunlop trained in art in London, associating with a group of young artists who exhibited at the Hurricane Lamp Gallery in Chelsea. In 1928 the group published a journal called Emotionism: Dunlop supplied a rather vague manifesto ("Art is the expression of the essence of life"), a poem, and an illustration of one of his paintings, "The Fish Market". Dunlop soon expanded his exhibiting circle, showing with the NEAC and later with the RA and the RBA. He maintained his Irish connections, returning periodically to paint in Dublin and submitting a number of works to the RHA in the 1940s and 1950s.

    Dunlop studied at Manchester and Wimbledon as well as Paris. Frances Spalding described him as an 'alla prima' painter of traditional subjects. At some stage he settled in Barnham, West Sussex, and in 1947 or 1948 exhibited at Bognor Regis, which is what led to the Bibby connection mentioned below.

    In addition to painting, he was a prolific author; his books include:

    Modern Still Life Painting in Oil (London 1938)
    Understanding Pictures (London 1948)
    Painting for Pleasure (London 1951)
    Sketching for Pleasure (London 1952)
    How to Paint for Pleasure (New York 1953)
    Ancient Arundel (London 1953)
    Landscape Painting: Ma Yuan to Picasso (London 1954)
    his autobiography: Struggling with Paint: Some Reminiscences' (London, 1956).
    Dunlop's paintings can be seen in the Crawford Gallery, Cork, the Tate Gallery, and the National Portrait Gallery

    (44.5 x 32.5 cm) (17.5 x 12.75 in)
  • size: 17.5cm x 12.75cm
  • price: €3500