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(To see reports of earlier events and Stop Press items from 2012 to 2015, please click here)
Events for 2017
Friday 7th to Monday 9th April 2017 - AGM weekend, confirmation letters to attendees were sent out on 7 March. The AGM Agenda, the 2016 Minutes and Committee Members's Reports were also sent out to all members on the 7 March
Thursday 25th May - "Six Hours in Coventry", a visit to the Herbert Museum and Coventry Cathedral. Invitations for this event were sent out at the end of March
Wednesday 12th July - a visit to Brompton Barracks, Chatham, to see the re-sited Cuneo Statue and the many original Cuneo paintings, and later to the then newly re-opened Royal Engineers Museum on the same site
Thursday 14th to Monday 18th September - Annual Holiday, based in York
Wednesday 8 November 2017 - The "London Walk", a visit to two sites in Chelsea
Events for 2018
Friday 6th to Monday 8th April 2018 - AGM weekend
***** Kindly note that attendance at the above events is for Cuneo Society members only! *****
To mark the 100th anniversary of Cyrus Cuneo's death, Society Members received a copy of a special Cyrus Cuneo Centennial issue which was distributed in early July.
Events for 2016
Wednesday 9th November 2016 - The "London Walk". Two sites in Piccadilly were visited, both making us extremely welcome, with excellent background talks on the history of their Clubs, their membership and activities. The Cavalry & Guards Club showed us a host of Club paintings, sculptures and their library, with the special feature of Terence Cuneo's "H.M. The Queen on 'Doctor' in the Gardens of Buckingham Palace", currently on loan from the Palace. Following a sumptuous lunch in the Kennel Club's magnificent Dining Room, members toured the art gallery, library, boardroom and corridors with splendid explanations of the works of art on display there. The two highlights were Terence Cuneo's portrait "Colonel Sir Richard Glym, Bart O.B.E" and "H.M. The Queen with her Dogs at Frogmore".
Society Annual Holiday
Due to insufficient take-up, this event was cancelled.
Cyrus Cuneo Centennial Celebration, Shepherds Bush, London - Saturday 23 July, 2016
After a welcome coffee, reunion of members and welcome by Chris Wheeler, Martin Stoneham gave a fascinating illustrated talk on the life and times in which Cyrus Cuneo lived, covering his years in the USA, Paris and London. A bright sunny day enabled Peter Collins to unveil the plaque on Cyrus's house next door without an umbrella to be seen! Following a buffet lunch Chris gave a talk about Cyrus Cuneo himself, his family and his work. The day ended with a question and answer session which covered all aspects of the day and the Society. To see the transcript of the talk, please click here
"Six Hours in Liverpool" - Thursday 19 September 2016
Members first visited the Walker Gallery where "Colonel and Mrs Vere Cotton" and "The Diners" were seen and their background explained, and then in the afternoon at the Metropolitan Cathedral the original of the "Interior of Liverpoool Metropolitan Cathedral" was seen and an illustrated detailed explanation about the painting and the construction of the Cathedral was given.
AGM - Saturday 9th April 2016
The AGM took place at Lovatt House on the Great Central Railway's Loughborough Station site. After the meeting members travelled on the heritage line,with some visiting the engine shed and others going to the Museums in Leicester to see the four Cuneo originals there. The farewell dinner was held in the evening, with 29 members enjoying good food and company.
Stop Press - Other items that might be of interest to members:-
Christies Auction on 23 March 2017 - Three of Terence Cuneo's paintings were in The Modern British and Irish Art auction on 23 March 2017 in London
Railart 2017 - The Guild of Railway Artists annual exhibition for 2017 will again be held at the Kidderminster Railway Museum, Station Approach, Kidderminster DY10 1QR, from 26 August until 1 October 2017. Some of our members will be exhibiting again this year.
Rinaldo Oil Painting For Auction - Rinaldo's small 11" x 12" canvas "San Francisco Docks" was sold at Bonham's Los Angeles auction on 2 August. It had a guide price of $3,000 to $5,000.
Rinaldo Oil Painting For Sale - Rinaldo Cuneo's painting "Mountain Scene" 24" x 36"was re-listed as a Buy-it-Now item on eBay for a month from 18 July at $8,422.77 (c.£6,000). The canvas has a couple of small tears. It is located in Phoenix, Arizona. Rinaldo lived from 1877 until 1939, and spent most of his life in California.
Railart 2016 - this year's Guild of Railway Artists annual exhibition opened at Kidderminster Railway Museum, Station Approach, Kidderminster DY10 1QR on 27 August and ended on 2 October 2016. Some of our members exhibited again this year.
"Speed to the West - A Nostalgic Journey" An Exhibition at Dorset County Museum, Dorchester - This spacious and colourful exhibition runs from 16 March 2016 until 7 January 2017. It features posters, models, station signs, prints and memorabila relating to the Great Western Region's routes to the west country, with Terence Cuneo's art included - well worth a visit!!! Click here for the link
Abbey Hill Steam Rally, Yeovil Showground, BA22 9TA - This event took place over the Bank Holiday weekend 29 April to 2 May, with Cuneo collectables on sale at the Herbertson Art stand.
Original Oil Paintings recently auctioned - Three industrial paintings were sold by Bonhams at auction in March in London; the "The Royal Stallion" was sold on 18 May in Edinburgh, realising £11,875; and the "Armstrong Siddeley" sold for £3,200 on 7 June, also in London.
Opening of the Cuneo Room, Prince William of Gloucester Barracks, Grantham - A lunch was held in the Officers Mess on Wednesday 27 January 2016, at the invitation of Colonel Guy Stone, Station Commander, to celebrate the Opening of the Cuneo Room, now tastefully redecorated and benefitting from the addition of some fine Cuneo prints, a portrait of Terence Cuneo and appropriate plaque, all in addition to the three recently restored Railway Poster originals.
Severn Valley Railway - Cuneo Exhibition - An exhibition of two originals, some twenty Terence Cuneo prints, and an array of memorabilia went on display in the Engine House Visitor & Education Centre at Highley, Bridgnorth WV16 6NP (Tel: 01746 862387) from Easter until the New Year, 2017. The Exhibition is called "The Man and His Mouse", click here to see the detail.