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Untitled Painting

Clough, Prunella (1919-99), Not known, Mixed media, watercoloour and gouoache on paper; 110 x 195

Prunella Clough was born in Chelsea, London. Her father was a civil servant at the Board of Trade but he was also a poet who inspired in his daughter a love of art and literature. In 1937 Clough attended Chelsea School of Art, where she studied design, life drawing and sculpture as a part-time student. During the Second World War she worked in the American Office of War Information, drawing charts and maps. After the war, Clough studied, again part-time, at the Camberwell School of Art whilst making regular visits to the East coast, particularly Southwold. Clough’s early work demonstrated her fascination with industrial landscapes and those who worked in them: fishermen on the Lowestoft docks, lorry drivers in their cabs and telephone engineers were among her chosen subjects and during the 1940s she was associated with the Neo-Romantic group of artists. During the 1950s she continued to explore the theme of social realism but from 1960 onwards her work became more abstract. She was highly respected by her fellow artists but was a very private individual and declined to accept both an OBE in 1968 and a CBE in 1979. Prunella Clough worked all her life, both as a teacher and as a painter. She was awarded the Jerwood Prize for Painting just a very </span>