Cuneo, Terence (1907-96)

Terence Cuneo CVO, OBE, RGI (1907-1996) was an English painter famous for his scenes of railways, horses and military action.       Cuneo attended Chelsea Polytechnic and the Slade School of Art before working as an illustrator for magazines, books and periodicals, such as “The Illustrated London News”.       A significant point in his career was his appointment as official artist for the Coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953. He received more commissions from industry and was most famous for his passion for engineering subjects, particularly railway locomotives. But in fact Cuneo was prolific and painted over a wide range, from big game in Africa to landscapes. Further success was achieved in his commissions for portraits which ranged from Field Marshal Montgomery to Edward Heath.       Many of these works include his trademark mouse. They can be difficult to detect, and many people enjoy scouring his paintings to find one.  His work has been used for book jackets, railway posters, jigsaws and Royal Mail stamps. Cuneo's work can be found in many museums and galleries, including Guildhall, the National Railway Museum and the Royal Institution.  


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