‘Whitby, 1932’ by Sir Henry George Rushbury (1889 –1968)

This delicate watercolour painting by Henry Rushbury really captures how it feels to be taking a stroll on the East Pier in Whitby on a blustery day.

At just 13 years old Henry Rushbury received a scholarship to study at the Birmingham School of Art, and later in his career he studied at the Slade School of Art, London. He became a prominent English painter and etcher, becoming one of the most sought-after printmakers of his generation.

He was appointed as an official war artist in both the first and the second world wars. In 1949, he was elected Keeper of the Royal Academy and Head of the Royal Academy Schools, a post he held until 1964. He belonged to many prestigious art organisations and in 1964 he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

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Whitby, 1932 by Sir Henry George Rushbury (1889 –1968)