Night, Thames and Tower of London by Leonard Victor Mitchell
Oil on canvas on board, 1969
68cm x 109cm, framed
Leonard’s mother Victoria was originally from Hackney and the figure in the bottom right of this scene is undoubtedly based on her father, Arthur Cogswell.
Featured in Mitchell & Mitchell: A Father & Son Arts Legacy 2018 (Alsop, Reed, Wolfe) page 414
Born in 1925, Leonard’s story began growing up in Ngaio, Wellington. A dedicated artist, by the 1950s he was exhibiting at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts and established as a well sought-after portrait painter. In 1954 he co-established the Lambton Galleries, Wellington’s largest commercial gallery. He completed several commissions for public spaces, including murals at the newly built Lower Hutt War Memorial Library, and won the inaugural Kelliher prize for Landscape painting. He was also elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London… Read more