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Landscape in Northern France


Born in London in 1923, OE artist Christopher Pemberton won a scholarship to Eton, where he was taught art by Drawing Masters Wilfred Blunt and Robin Darwin. He painted a mural at Eton, titled 'Solomon and Sheba', which sadly no longer survives. Pemberton excelled in classics, became captain of the school, and won a classical scholarship to Christ Church, Oxford. However, his studies were interrupted by the war, during which he served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. He eventually read modern history at Christ Church, before turning his attention to painting.

Pemberton enrolled at Camberwell School of Art, Oxford, where, like fellow OE artist Howard Hodgkin, he studied under William Coldstream. He went on to teach art in Dorset and Shropshire, before returning to Camberwell, where he worked for 27 years. He owned a farmhouse near Cherbourg in Normandy and this landscape was painted in that vicinity in 1983. Pemberton’s portraits, still lifes and landscape views in France and England reflect his interest in the work of Paul Cézanne. His English translation of Joachim Gasquet’s Cézanne: A Memoir with Conversations was published in 1991.



height (frame): 860mm
width (frame): 1420mm


Signed and dated lower left corner: 'C Pemberton 83'
Label on verso: 'Cadogan Contemporary'

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Painted wooden frame




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Provenance: With Cadogan Contemporary (dealer), London; sold through Rosebery's, London, on 11 April 2017 (Lot 32); from which sale purchased by Eton College (with the support of the Friends of the Eton College Collections)
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