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Hubert Arthur Finney

'Feeding the Baby' Oil on Canvas, 76x60cm.

Feeding the Baby


Hubert Arthur Finney 1905-1991

Provenance: Purchased from the artists son.

Hubert Arthur Finney was a talented draughtsman by the age of 14. He won a trade scholarship to Beckenham School of Art and then moved to the Royal College of Art in 1924. He won the prestigious traveling scholarship to Italy and was befriended by the then Principal later Sir, William Rothenstein.

His friends and contemporaries included Charles Mahoney, Percy Horton, Gerald Ososki, Barnett Friedman and Edward Le Bas. During the war he served in the Civil Defence in London driving ambulances, but became ill in late 1944 with pleurosy from debris dust. In 1945 he moved to Wokingham in Berkshire with his new wife Amy, and in 1946 too a post with the University of Reading as a lecturer in fine art where he predominantly taught life drawing. He went to the University of Milwaukee on an exchange in 1965 and on his retirement returned to England and moved to Somerset in 1969 where he lived until his death in 1991.

His works have been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy, the Louvre in Paris and some are held in public collections. A studio sale was held in 2007 by the late Duncan Campbell in his South Kensington Gallery.