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John Cherrington (1931-2015) - 1981 Oil, Portrait of a Gentleman in a Garden

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An extremely fine and impeccable portrait of a gentleman in an English farmhouse garden, by the British listed artist John Cherrington (1931-2015). The sitting subject is wearing a thick knitted jumper, green jacket and a green hat. Cherrington employs short brushstrokes in an impressionistic manner, building layers with a varied palette, in order to create an overall richness of tone and mood. This beautifully composed portrait retains a full sense of character in the subject, and the artists overwhelming proficiency in depicting local characters shines through.

Signed vertically to the lower left corner, and dated '81, as shown.

Signed and dated. On board.


In fine condition. Inspection under UV light reveals no restoration.


60.4 x 44.9cm (23.8" x 17.7")
Sheet: 61.1 x 46.1cm (24.1" x 18.1")

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Artist Biography

John Cherrington was born in 1931. He studied at Hornsea Art College, and moved to Paris at the age of 16 to study art and art history. Cherrington served in the Army for eight years, and afterwards qualified as an art teacher. He taught art in London until moving to Herefordshire in 1977.

Cherrington was a prolific but relatively unknown painter, due to his shyness and unwillingness to put forward his work. Despite this reluctance, many of his paintings were accepted by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters between 1969 and 1974. His wonderful sketches of local characters are full of expression and talent. He produced paintings of bulls for local farmers, and was known to sketch customers in pubs.

Cherrington said his art was “stimulated by the visual world around him, which he found both tormenting and marvellous”.

Cherrington passed away in 2015 in North Wales.

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Code kk955
Artist John Cherrington (1931-2015)
Date 1981
Dimensions 60.4 x 44.9cm
Framed No
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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