Charles Mahoney (1903-1968):
Self-portrait, Ambleside, 1941
Framed (ref: 4954)
Oil on canvas
Provenance: The Artist’s estate
Exhibited: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Morley College London, 28 October -23 November 2016, cat 146. Literature: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, July 2016, cat 146, page 187. Mahoney married Dorothy Bishop in September 1941.
Late in the 1940's the Royal College of Art was evacuated to Ambleside in the Lake District. Mahoney and Percy Horton were amongst the male staff. The students were housed in two hotels,men at the Queens and women at The Salutation. Mahoney was resident master in charge atthe men's hostel. Whilst at Ambleside , Mahoney became engaged to Dorothy Bishop, a calligraphy tutor from the Design School of the RCA. They were married in September 1941. The ornaments on the mantelpiece are souvenirs from the newlyweds’ honeymoon in Edinburgh.