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The age of Steam - Terence Cuneo - Framed Print - 16"H x 20"W


The age of Steam - Terence Cuneo - Framed Print - 16"H x 20"W

Terence Tenison Cuneo CVO, OBE, RGI, FGRA  was an English painter famous for his scenes of railways, horses and military action. He was also the official artist for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

Cuneo studied at the Slade School of Art, before working as an illustrator for magazines, books and periodicals. During World War II he served as a sapper but also worked for the War Artists' Advisory Committee, providing illustrations of aircraft factories and wartime events. He served and became good friends with fellow artist Cyril Parfitt.

A significant point in his career was his appointment as official artist for the Coronation of Elizabeth II, which brought his name before the public worldwide. He received more commissions from industry, which included depicting manufacturing, mineral extraction and road building, including the M1.

Many of these works include a small mouse, his trademark. They can be difficult to detect, and many people enjoy scouring his paintings to find one. Even some of his portraits of the famous contain a mouse.

A 1.5 times life size bronze memorial statue of Cuneo, stood in the main concourse at Waterloo Station, but has now been relocated to Brompton Barracks. In tribute to Cuneo's trademark, the statue includes a hidden mouse peering from under a book by the artist's feet, and another carved into the statue's plinth near the ground.

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