CHARLES MOZLEY (1914-1991)

Venice (Italy, 1976)

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Oil on canvas
Inscribed on the reverse Venice 1976 Charles Mozley


51.00cm high
76.00cm wide
(20.08 inches high)
(29.92 inches wide)
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Charles Mozley was one of the most talented, versatile, and prolific artists, illustrators, graphic designers, and print makers of the post-war period. Born in Sheffield, he attended Sheffield School of Art and in 1931, winning a national scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art. During the Second World War he joined the army, rising to Lieutenant Colonel in military intelligence, working with the artist Edwin La Dell. Alongside John Piper, he was commissioned by Shell and London Transport to design their advertisement posters and also worked for Alexander Korda Films.

In 1951, Charles Mozley was asked to paint a large mural, Florence Nightingale in the Crimea for the Festival of Britain. Throughout the 1950’s he worked as a book cover designer and illustrator, producing in the region of eighty titles and by 1960 was hugely successful, accepting commissions from both sides of the Atlantic. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and was a member of the Chelsea Art Club.

Throughout his life Mozley continued to paint, make prints, and exhibit, in group shows, and individually; his Venice paintings and lithographs were auctioned in 1979 in aid of the Venice in Peril Fund.