|Hopes Nose" from near Teignmouth, Devon,|
Leslie Harcourt Kent (1890-1980) was a prolific artist. He painted over a 1000 works with displays in many galleries. Many of them are still hanging in the houses of his children and grandchildren today. His legacy. I know this because I have grown up surrounded with them. He was my grandfather.
He is probably best known for his seascapes and studies of boats.
|Titchfield Haven, Hillhead|
A colourful study of beached and sailing boats bathed in the golden light of late afternoon, this canvas is typical of Kent’s work. Primarily a painter of coasts and seascapes, he was adept at describing the movement of choppy water, mimicking its translucence and reflective qualities, and reproducing in graphic painterly strokes effects of cloud against the sky. His compositions are often complex arrangements of form and tone, belying their apparent simplicity.He also painted landscapes, in which the panoramic sweep and muted greens appear to have an affinity with railway and Shell posters of the 1920s and ’30s.
Leslie Kent (1890-1980) was educated at Leeds University, and then from 1918-20 studied with Frederick Milner (1863-1939) in the artists’ colony at St Ives. Presumably it was from Milner that he learnt to depict the transparency of water, and the ephemeral effects of weather and light with such facility. Kent exhibited at the Royal Academy, the New English Art Club, the Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Royal Scottish Academy and the Paris Salon.
Works in public collections include At Keyhaven, Hampshire (Cornwall, National Maritime Museum).
- See more at: http://www.markmitchellpaintings.com/leslie-kent-1890-1980-titchfield-haven-hillhead-sold/#sthash.Jw95gsSE.dpuf
|Bedales, Petersfield, Hampshire|
Bedales was founded by J H Badley in 1893 to be a humane alternative to the authoritarian regimes typical of late-Victorian public schools.
Although Mr Badley's ideas were highly radical for England at that time, in retrospect he can be seen as part of a wider European reform movement (he was the contemporary of Montessori and Steiner).
The school became fully co-educational in 1898; students were given a formal voice by 1916, when the School Council was formed.
It wasnt until much later that I learned he started the fire brigade, the Bedales Corp and started the School Magazine - The Bedales Chronicle....
In 1993 I returned to Bedales to attend the centenary of the school and see his art hanging there specially. It was pretty special.
|Sailing in the Solent|
|Corfe Hills from Poole Harbour|
|Sailing Boats on The Clyde|
National Maritime Museum Cornwall Discovery Quay, Falmouth, Cornwall, England,
|At Keyhaven, Hampshire|
HMS 'Barham' Offshore
One of my favourites hangs at my parent's house.
Moonlight over the Pacific was painted on the boat to New Zealand in the 1930's.
I first wrote about it here:http://fourpawsandwhiskers.blogspot.co.nz/2008/12/christmas-pets.html
|Moonlight Over the Pacific|
The last time I saw him was in 1976. After three months visiting them in the UK I returned to NZ to continue with fourth year vet school. He gave me some money to buy a present so I got a lovely Scheaffer fountain pen and had it inscribed with my name. Fiona Kent. I used it through all my lectures and exam finals for the next two years and I still use it for special letters nearly forty years later!
Thanks Grandpa. You are certainly not forgotten.
I have also written about the family in http://fourpawsandwhiskers.blogspot.co.nz/2008/12/memories-of-swanage.html