Thomas Cantrell Dugdale

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Thomas Cantrell Dugdale
Born (1880-06-02)2 June 1880
Blackburn, Lancashire, England
Died 13 November 1952(1952-11-13) (aged 72)
Nationality British
Known for Portrait painting

Thomas Cantrell Dugdale RA RP ROI (2 June 1880-13 November 1952) was a British artist. He was a member of the Royal Academy, was a renowned portrait painter and served as a war artist in both World War One and World War Two.


Military Policemen in Palestine, (c.1918) (Art.IWM ART 6224)

Dugdale was born in Blackburn in Lancashire and attended Manchester Grammar School.[1] He initially studied art at the Manchester School of Art before continuing his studies at the Royal College of Art.[2] He also studied at the City and Guilds of London Art School and in Paris at the Academie Julian and the Académie Colarossi.[3][4] Dugdale first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1901 and continued to do so until 1952.[5] In 1910 he enlisted in the British Army and during World War One, Dugdale served as a Staff Sergeant in the Middlesex Yeomanry in Egypt, Palestine and Gallipoli.[6] While on active service Dugdale continued to paint and four of these pieces were acquired by the British War Memorials Committee. A selection of Dugdale's paintings from Palestine and Egypt were shown at the Leicester Galleries in London in April 1919.[7] The Witt Library has a number of political cartoons by Dugdale, possibly dating from around 1914 but it is unclear if, or where, they were intended for publication.[8]

During World War Two, Dugdale lived in Suffolk where he organised a Home Guard unit.[1] Throughout the conflict, from July 1940 to July 1945, Dugdale received portrait commissions from the War Artists' Advisory Committee to depict several merchant seaman and RAF pilots.[9][10]

In addition to his oil paintings, Dugdale designed book covers and was also a textile designer. Early in his career he designed woodcut decorations for some books.[8] For twenty years, from 1919, Dugdale was an advisor to the textile company Tootal Broadhurst Lee.[3] He was married to a fellow artist, Amy Katherine Browning from 1916.[11][12]



  1. ^ a b "Artist's right Royal picture". Lancashire Telegraph. 10 January 2006. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b Benezit Dictionary of Artists Volume 4 Cossintino-Dyck. Editions Grund, Paris. 2006. ISBN 2 7000 3074 5.
  3. ^ a b David Buckman (1998). Artists in Britain Since 1945 Vol 1, A to L. Art Dictionaries Ltd. ISBN 0 95326 095 X.
  4. ^ Brian Stewart & Mervyn Cutten (1997). The Dictionary of Portrait Painters in Britain up to 1920. Antique Collectors' Club. ISBN 1 85149 173 2.
  5. ^ Grant M. Waters (1975). Dictionary of British Artists Working 1900-1950. Eastbourne Fine Art.
  6. ^ "Artist: Thomas Cantrell Dugdale". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  7. ^ "First World War Art Archive: T C Dugdale". Imperial War Museum. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  8. ^ a b c Simon Houfe (1996). The Dictionary of 19th Century British Book Illustrators. Antique Collectors' Club. ISBN 1 85149 1937.
  9. ^ "War artist archive: Thomas C Dugdale". Imperial War Museum. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  10. ^ Matt Brosnan. "7 Artworks of the Battle of Britain". Imperial War Museum. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Artist: Amy Katherine Browning". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  12. ^ Frances Spalding (1990). 20th Century Painters and Sculptors. Antique Collectors' Club. ISBN 1 85149 106 6.
  13. ^ a b "Thomas Cantrell Dugdale R.A". Royal Academy. Retrieved 2 June 2016.

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