Charles Mahoney (1903-1968):
Observation Post - Wrotham Hill, circa 1940
Unmounted (ref: 10978)
Pen and ink and grey wash over pencil 8 x 13 in. (20.3 x 33 cm)
Provenance: The Artist's family; sold to The British Museum, department of Prints and Drawings
This watercolour is likely to have been produced before, later in 1940, Mahoney was moved, to Ambleside in the Lake District as part of the staff of the Royal College of Art alongside Percy Horton and Gilbert Spencer. Whilst at Ambleside, Mahoney became engaged to Dorothy Bishop, a calligraphy tutor from the Design School of the Royal College of Art. They were married in September 1941.
For a fuller account of this period see biographical essay, pp and The Artist as Evacuee, The Royal College of Art in the Lake District, 1940-45, Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere 1987