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Edward Mortelmans (1915-2008) - Signed & Framed Oil, The Black Rabbit, Arundel

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A delightful landscape work in oil by the well-listed and acclaimed artist and illustrator Edward Mortelmans (1915-2008). Entitled 'The Black Rabbit Inn, Arundel', the work depicts the public house at a distance, surrounded by the fields and woodland of Sussex, England. The artist has a distinctly loose approach to the medium, casting a bucolic and slightly ethereal light on the setting. The focus on verdant naturalistic subjects contrast brightly with the small man-made buildings.

Handsomely presented in a gilt effect wooden frame with running beaded details, as shown. With a label to the reverse from a gallery in Arundel, Sussex, inscribed with the title and artist. Signed to the lower right.

On canvas on stretchers.


In very good condition overall. There is a small canvas repair to the upper centre that has been fully restored. The frame has some light wear.


43.2 x 73.4cm (17" x 28.9")
Framed Size: 51.9 x 82.2cm (20.4" x 32.4")

Artist Biography

Edward Mortelmans (1915-2008) was an English artist and illustrator. His primary modes of expression were watercolor and black and white line drawings. He is best known for illustrating some books by Gerald Durrell ,and covers for books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Mortelmans practiced cover artistry and book illustration, mostly for a visual audience of children and young adults. He illustrated the cover for a number of E. R. Burroughs paperback editions for Four Square Books including The Son of Tarzan, The Beasts of Tarzan and Lost on Venus. He did some magazine work, including cover design for the first American pulp magazine, Argosy.

He has also been associated with illustrating several series, like the Twenty Names series of Hodder and Stoughton, How and Why Wonder Books of Corgi Books and the Oxford Graded Readers series of Oxford University Press. He has produced commissioned art for the British Railways. Edward Mortelmans' illustrations have been critically acclaimed.

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Code kr072
Artist Edward Mortelmans (1915-2008)
Date Mid 20th Century
Dimensions 43.2 x 73.4cm
Framed Yes
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Landscape
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