Terence Cuneo artist - Land Rover

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Terence Tenison Cuneo CVO OBE RGI FGRA 

(born 1 November 1907 – dies 3 January 1996) was a prolific English painter noted for his scenes of railways, horses, Land Rovers and military actions.

He was also the official artist for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

Cuneo began his artistic career as an illustrator, but it was his work as war artist which brought him national recognition. During the Second World War whilst serving briefly with the Royal Engineers, Cuneo was the artist for the Illustrated London News in France.

From 1941 he served as an official war artist, producing propaganda paintings for the Ministry of Information, and also illustrated the book ‘How to Draw Tanks'.

In post war Britain, Cuneo became the establishment artist for much of the latter half of the twentieth century. As official artist at Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953, his name was put before the public worldwide. Although a painter of portraits, he was also an artist of landscapes and industry renowned for his works portraying mines, dams, industrial processes, but above all his railway scenes. His largest painting (20 ft × 10 ft), commissioned by the Science Museum in 1967, was of the concourse at Waterloo Station. He was also famous for putting a mouse in his paintings; this first appeared in 1953 and subsequently in most of his paintings thereafter.

He was appointed OBE in 1987 and CVO in 1994. A statue to his memory at Waterloo Station was unveiled in October 2004. 


~ The Statue – As told by Carole Cuneo ~

When my father Terence Cuneo died in 1996, there were many of his friends who felt that his achievements, as one of the 20th Century’s best and most versatile painters, should be recognised and celebrated in some way, to encourage future generations to know and enjoy his exceptional talent.

A few like-minded people, together with our family, formed a committee. The goal was simple, to raise enough money to commission a statue of Terence Cuneo and give it a home in the most public and appropriate place possible.

Along with the statue, the committee considered that it would be a fitting tribute if the Cuneo name could also be given to an annual prize at The Slade School of Fine Art, his alma mater. As a result of this ‘The Terence Cuneo Memorial Trust’ was formally established as a Registered Charity in March 2002.

It is a measure of the affection in which Terence Cuneo was held by the Royal Family that HM The Queen graciously agreed to head the subscription list.

Thanks to a magnificent gesture from an admirer of Cuneo’s paintings, Philip Jackson, the renowned sculptor was commissioned to create the statue.

With the help of Network Rail the 1.5 times life size Bronze Statue of Terence Cuneo now stands at The Royal Engineers, Brompton Barracks, Gillingham, Kent.

It was on the 26th October 2004, the statue was formally unveilled by HRH The Princess Royal, who also presented the inaugural CUNEO PRIZE to the Slade Art School student of their choice. Carole Cuneo will present the CUNEO PRIZE annually thereafter.