Cecil Aldin Prints Collection

Cecil Aldin

Cecil Charles Windsor Aldin (28 April 1870 ñ 6 January 1935) ñ Born in Slough on 28th April 1870,

Cecil Aldin was educated at Eastbourne College and Solihull Grammar School. He studied art at the RCA and under Frank F. Calderon. Aldin illustrated hundreds of books throughout his lifetime, one of his first major commissions being Kiplingís Jungle Stories.

At 22, he took on a studio in Chelsea and began to obtain regular work and his illustrations were published in many magazines during the 1890s. In 1895 he married, moved to Chiswick and became one of a circle of artists who between them formed the London Sketch Club. As Master of the South Berkshire Hunt, Aldin was a keen huntsman and many of his prints depict horses.

Unusually, he also carried the horn with harriers, beagles and bassets, and drew animals of all kinds as well as his well-known hunting and coaching scenes, wit

h humour and precision. Cecil Aldin painted mainly in water-colour, but he was also famous for being a master of caricature in the drawing of both humans and animals.

Cecil Aldinís father was a keen amateur artist so Cecil started drawing at a very young age. He studied art at the studio of Albert Moore and then the National Art Training School which later became The Royal College of Art.

After this he spent a summer with the fine animal painter and teacher, Frank Calderon. In 1892 he bombarded the illustrated periodicals with his illustrations and thereby started a long association with The Illustrated London News.

He was commissioned by The Pall Mall Budget in 1894 to illustrate ìThe Jungle Bookî by Rudyard Kipling. At the invitation of the fine genre painter, Walter Dendy Sadler he stayed at Chiddingstone where he made close friends with Phil May, John Hassall and Lance Thackeray and along with them, Dudley Hardy and Tom Browne they founded the London Sketch Club.

The birth of his son and daughter inspired his nursery pictures which together with his large sets of the Fallowfield Hunt, Bluemarket Races, Harefield Harriers and Cottesbrook Hunt prints brought him much popularity. This was enhanced by his ever expanding book and magazine illustrative work.

An exhibition in Paris in 1909 was received with much acclaim and extended his fame to a wider audience. Aldin moved to the Henley area as his interest in hunting, horses and dogs increased and in 1910 he became Master of the South Berkshire Hunt as well as being associated with other local packs.

During the First World War Cecil Aldin was in charge of an Army Remount Depot where he befriended Lionel Edwards, Alfred Munnings and G.D. Armour. Sadly he lost his son, Dudley at Vimy Ridge in 1917, which affected him deeply for many years and had a profound effect of his style of work.

After the war Aldin spent much of his time organising pony and dog shows particularly in Exmoor where he followed the Devon and Somerset Staghounds. In the 1920ís he added further prints of hunting scenes to create a series of ìThe Hunting Countriesî as well as concentrating on his ever popular studies of his own and visiting dogs.

He also produced a series of prints depicting Old Inns, Old Manor Houses and Cathedrals. In 1930 Cecil Aldin had to go and live in a warmer climate due to serious attacks of arthritis but he continued to paint and etch, producing some of his best work.

The quality of his art can be seen in most of his work, particularly in his many famous drawings of his family of dogs. Cecil Aldin died in 1935 and his work is now highly collectable. He is regarded as being one of the most original and very best sporting artists of the twentieth century.

Cecil Aldin Prints Collection
Cecil Aldin Prints Collection

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