Thomas Cantrell Dugdale 1945-48

MAFA President 1945-1948

Thomas Dugdale was born in Blackburn, Lancashire in 1880. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School before enrolling at the Manchester School of Art. He furthered his studies at the Royal College of Art as well as the Academie Julien and Academie Colarossi in Paris.

In 1910 Dugdale joined the Middlesex Yeomanry and fought throughout First World War in Egypt, Palestine and Gallipoli. He continued to paint during this time; four of his views of the Middle-East were acquired by the War Memorials Commission. In 1916 he married fellow artist Amy Katherine Browning whom he had first met at the Royal College of Art.

After the war Dugdale painted full-time, he exhibited at the Royal Academy for the first time in 1901 and continued to do so until his death in 1952. Princess Margaret, Prime Minister Herbert Asquith, Vivien Leigh and Sir William Nicholson were amongst the numerous high-profile figures who sat for him. He also designed various book covers and textiles. At the outbreak of the Second World War, Dugdale was living in Suffolk where he formed a unit of the Home Guard. During the conflict he was commissioned to paint numerous high-ranking servicemen and women and was elected a full member of the Royal Academy in 1943.

Take a look at some of his paintings.