British 20th C, except portraits, Military History, Yorkshire, The Humber and North East England: Artists and Subjects 11 Can anyone identify the artist, probably ‘WF’, in this wartime painting?

Topic: Artist

This is signed in monogram WF? and dated 42 bottom left.

Martin Hopkinson, Entry reviewed by Art UK


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.'

Jimaa Alaa,

It could be William (Bill) Crosbie

Peter Nahum,

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.

Jacinto Regalado,

The title, however, is written in English, suggesting at least a UK-based artist.

Marcie Doran,

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

“Domino Players”
On 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.

Jacinto Regalado,

Well, as Peter Nahum already said, inspired by Northern European work, at any rate.

Martin Hopkinson,

Nothing like Ian Fleming's work which I know very well and who spoke at a conference which I organised

Martin Hopkinson,

Roger Billcliffe is the man to ask for a second opinion

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