Eric Henri Kennington, 1888-1960
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Reference number : 1996/4936
Eric Henri Kennington
Eric Kennington was born in Chelsea, London, the son of the painter T B Kennington. He studied at Lambeth School of Art (1905-7) and the City and Guilds School.
Primarily a portrait painter, he exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Leicester Galleries from 1908.
After five months' travel with T E Lawrence in the Middle East, he took up sculpture. He was an Official War Artist from 1917 and again during World War Two. Kennington produced a number of portraits of RAF staff, published in his 1942 book Drawing the RAF. He also created many pastel portraits and lithographs. He created a series of posters for London Transport in 1944 called Seeing it through which depicted intimate portraits of transport staff at work.
He had his first one-man show at the Goupil Gallery in 1916. His work is held by the Tate Gallery and the IWM.
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- Lambeth School of Art : 1905-1907
- City and Guilds School
- Designed posters for London Transport : 1944