1936 - ?

Neil Cawthorne

Born at 72 Hampden Road, Leicester in 1936, son of Herbert Halford Cawthorne (30 March 1906-1972), builder's manager, and his wife Edna L. née Cheney (8 May 1909-1954), who married at Blaby, Leicester in 1933. He married at Leicester in 1957, Eileen G. Brown. An equestrian painter who did not begin painting seriously until in his late 'twenties and at the time he started to paint seriously he was hunting with the Quorn and Fernie and this constituted much of his early work being greatly assisted in his early days by John Kenney who also lived and worked in Leicestershire. Over the following years he had several exhibitions and painted an increasing number of racing subjects. In 1971 he was commissioned by the 'Sporting Life' to paint 'Mill Reef' and 'Brigadier Gerard' and over the past few years has been fortunate to paint many Classic, Grand National and other big race winners. In 1979 he helped to found the Society of Equestrian Artists. Whilst most of his work is taken up with commissions, he still finds the inspiration of the Racecourse, Training Grounds and Hunting Field as strong as ever and is still concerned with conveying their movement, atmosphere and excitement and, as well as riding out regularly, he has spent a great deal of time at stables generally which has helped him to observe, absorb and 'feel' both the horses and the way of life. He has paintings in a number of Private Collections, including those of HRH The Prince of Wales; Duke of Beaufort; Lord Harrington; Lord Vestey; Paul Mellon, Esq.; Bertram Firestone; Major Ivan Straker and Ivan Allen, Esq. He lived at Newmarket Road, Newmarket, Suffolk with his wife but latterly moved to Oakham, Leicestershire.

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