© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Hatton Gallery
This is signed in monogram WF? and dated 42 bottom left.
A detail of the initials / monogram.
The Collection has commented: ‘Unfortunately, there was nothing further on or with the painting to help us identify the artist or provenance beyond the image already on Art UK. I would guess that looking at teachers and students of the Newcastle Fine Art department in the 1930s-40s might be a place to start if we can take the '42' as a year, as many little-known paintings in the collection arrived via the department.'
It could be William (Bill) Crosbie
I can't find it in my monogram notes, but I agree it looks like WF (FW) and 1942. It looks more Northern European to me.
The title, however, is written in English, suggesting at least a UK-based artist.
I believe this could be a very early work of the Sunderland artist William Frederick Kite (1929 - 2014).
Here are two examples of his work:
“Street Scene No. 1”
W. F. Kite (active mid-20th C)
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
oul on hardboard
On Twitter.com for Tynemouth Fine Art
located within The Linskill Centre on North Tyneside
I noted that:
1. His sitters were often odd-looking people and their features were cartoonish;
2. His printing shown in the title “THE SIREN” is similar (in particular the letter “E”) to the printing he later uses to sign his name;
3. He paints in oil on board/oil on hardboard; and,
4. Hatton Gallery is located in Newcastle upon Tyne, therefore the location of this work would make it local to the Northumberland area, as are some of his other paintings that I have viewed online.
The picture looks inspired by German work.
Well, as Peter Nahum already said, inspired by Northern European work, at any rate.
Looking at the monogram I see I T F. So can I suggest Ian Fleming-a scottish artist who did several shelter drawings in 1942.If you look at "Shelter interior Glagow" you see the same open mouths. Possible??
Nothing like Ian Fleming's work which I know very well and who spoke at a conference which I organised
Roger Billcliffe is the man to ask for a second opinion