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Artist: Charles Oppenheimer
59 by 92 cm
During the Second World War a project was undertaken to record buildings,which might be at risk of enemy activity and also to provide wartime employment for artists. In Scotland this work was financed by the Pilgrim Trust under the chairmanship of Sir James Irvine, Principal of St Andrews University. After the war the collection of works was donated to the University.
This work was also chosen as an illustration for the publication Recording Scotland , edited by James Scotland (see bibliography)
It is ironic that his most iconic of Kirkcudbright views was obliterated, not by enemy action but by the building of local authority housing and garages.
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About the Artist
Artist: Charles Oppenheimer
Residence in Dumfries & Galloway:
Came to Kirkcudbright following chance meeting with E A Taylor in Manchester. Served with Royal Artillery in First World War. An enthusiastic angler and golfer. Had a great regard for the Manchester painter, Frederick William Jackson, who had influenced him as a young man. Designed a number of posters for British Rail, depicting local beauty spots. Designed the badge and motto Sempere Vigilo of the Scottish Police Force. Was a special constable in Kirkcudbright and served on Kirkcudbright Town Council. A well known figure in the artistic community. His portrait of W S MacGeorge is in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Visited Italy with MacGeorge. His Kirkcudbright in Winter exhibited at Harbour Gallery jubilee, 1982. Illustrations of Garden at Twilight, The Galloway Dam Nearing Completion, The Old Tolbooth and Winter Landscape, Galloway are illustrated in Bourne (see bibliography) . Galloway Dam Nearing Completion, Bourne p66 and Smith and Skipwith p86 The Linn Pool on the Dee Bourne p67 The Tolbooth, Kirkcudbright Bourne p68 Kirkcudbright Under Snow Bourne p69 Ebb Tide, Kirkcudbright Bourne p95 (see bibliography). His Kirkcudbright Under Snow is in the Royal Scottish Academy Diploma collection. Works can be found in many galleries: Manchester Art Gallery (The Tolbooth) Manchester Whitworth Art Gallery (Granite Quarry) Oldham (The Artist's Garden) Glasgow (Harnessing the Dee) Southport (Low Tide, Kirkcudbright) Worthing (Early Morning at a Solway Port) Blackpool (Winter Landscape in Galloway). The Dee from Woodlea, oil on canvas 48 by 60 inches at McGill Duncan December 2004, alongside a smaller version. Old Brig O' Dee, sold Christies, Edinburgh, 26/10/2006, sale 7299, lot,61.
His Old Bridge, Gatehouse of Fleet sold for £13,125, Bonhams, Edinburgh, sale 19877, lot 29, 13/12/2012
His Lilies and Reeds of 1893 was on display in the exhibition Five Centuries of Scottish Painting at the Town Hall, Kirkcudbright, 22 July to 28 August 2006.