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Artwork of the Month - October 2008


Rooftops, St Peter Port

Artist: Robert Duckworth (1906-1976)
Medium: Oil
Status: Permanent collection
Item No.: GMAG 1998.180

About the Artist

Robert Duckworth Greenham was born in Streatham, London. He studied painting and etching at the Byam Shaw Art School and Royal Academy Art Schools. He was elected to the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Royal Society of British Artists in 1931. An exhibition of some of his works was held at the Maclean Gallery, London in 1981.

This painting by Greenham is reminiscent of the Camden Town Group with its areas of flat colour using sombre greys and browns. The Camden Town Group was a School of British painters (1911-13), based in Camden, London, led by Walter Sickert. Members of the group such as Spencer Gore (1878-1914) and Harold Gilman (1876-1919) typically rendered everyday town scenes in post-Impressionist style.