A John Tunnard printed silk scarf. Circa 1933.



A John Tunnard printed silk scarf. Circa 1933. Cadgworth Cove. 1933. First edition. A John Tunnard printed silk scarf, c.1933. Facsimile signature. 55 x 52.5cm. Note:  Very Good. Original Cloth.

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In 1933, John Tunnard & his wife moved to Cadgwith Cove in Cornwall where they ran a business making printed silks. Later, from 1945-1965 he taught at the Penzance School of Art with Principal Edward Bouverie Hoyton. Provenance: from the estate of Edward Bouverie Hoyton, via the beneficiaries. (The scarf is fragile with each corner having been repaired by hand by a previous owner). The original block for this design was sold at David Lay auctions January 2024:  A printing block from the Imprints period 28 x 28cm.The internationally renowned artist John Tunnard led a Bohemian London life moderated by the need for work. He produced carpet and fabric designs, he organised jazz events with himself at the drums, and was a dedicated naturalist and countryman.In 1933 he bought a horse-drawn gypsy caravan and moved to Cornwall with his wife Bob (Mary) settling at Cadgwith on the Lizard peninsula and there they set up ‘Imprints’, a small business making hand-blocked scarves and textiles. They became part of the community, and his acceptance was confirmed by his appointment as coastguard.Throughout this Cadgwith period he painted and was shown in London by Redfern (first major exhibition 1934), Zwemmer, Guggenheim Jeune (1938/9 first non-representational show) and in New York with Nierendorf Gallery.He exhibited with Henry Moore, Nash, Klee and Roland Penrose.These entries come from the estate of John Tunnard’s executor and close friend Neil Treseder.

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