Wendy Loncaster & Malcolm Shields

Fred Elwell RA
– A Life in Art

Hardback, Thread-stitched, Luxury, Celebratory Edition

Open this beautiful book and join us on an inspiring voyage of discovery to reveal one of the true masters of British painting, Frederick William Elwell RA (1870 - 1958). Elwell’s stunning portfolio glows with the very real observations of an exceptionally talented and perceptive artist.

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Born in Beverley, East Yorkshire, Elwell enjoyed a long and active career, extending from the dazzle of Belle Époque Antwerp and Paris to the bleakness of post war Britain. His early years in Europe enriched his work and engendered in him a fascinating versatility of style, ranging from the Dutch and Flemish Old Masters, to Impressionism or the freshness of English Realism. Throughout he displays an integrity of subject constantly enhanced by brilliant effects, harmonious and pleasing to the eye. We also recognise today how skilfully he illuminates the period in which he lived.

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Mary D Elwell SWA — Stepping from the Shadows launches at Hull Minster this September

As the book, Mary D. Elwell SWA - Stepping from the Shadows, is newly reprinted, it is to be launched at Hull Minster Bookfair, 10am—3.30pm on Saturday, 16th September, 2023.

Mary D Elwell SWA — Stepping from the Shadows reprinted for 2023

By popular demand, Mary D Elwell, Stepping from the Shadows has just been reprinted for 2023 after so long!

How Beverley is celebrating Fred Elwell, the hometown artist who painted King George V — The Yorkshire Post

Fred Elwell captured the texture of everyday life and his work is celebrated in his home town. Stephen McClarence went on an art tour of Beverley. Read the full article at The Yorkshire Post.

Oxford Dictionary recognises Fred Elwell in it's National Biography

The significant stature of Frederick W Elwell and Mary Dawson Elwell in English art history has come to the fore in scintillating and absorbing entries to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) online.

Carefully researched over a period of 25 years, the book offers an entertaining view of Elwell’s life and background—watch out for other gifted members of the Elwell family!—as well as a galaxy of over 140 large format paintings represent his, and some of Mary Dawson Elwell’s, work in all its variety. A very readable analysis accompanies each painting for your enjoyment. The book is luxuriously printed, bound and stitched, and written with scholarship and attention to detail, yet in a style that carries you along. Elwell’s own warm and humorous character, wit and natural charm shine out from its pages.