Lot 91: David Rolt (1915 - 1985) - Wiltshire Sky
25 October 2016
Newbury, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Oil on canvas Signed with initials, lower right 21 x 51cm (8 1/4 x 20in.) David Rolt (1915 - 1985) was born in Yorkshire and educated at Lancing. After studying painting at the Chelsea Polytechnic and the Central School of Art, he spent a further three years at the Slade. Working mostly as a portrait painter, he held his first solo exhibition in Cape Town, South Africa in 1936. After attracting the attention of art dealer Jack Baer, Rolt went on to hold a further four exhibitions at the Hazlitt Gallery between 1947 and 1956, with another three exhibitions to follow at the Adams Gallery (1958), Istanbul (1966) and New York (1973). Best known, perhaps, for his portraits of celebrated figures including the likes of Lord Audley and Winston Churchill, this collection of pictures offers an insight into Rolt s lifelong dedication to depicting landscapes, both at home and abroad, with work from Istanbul and France, as well as a number of paintings produced in Berkshire and Wiltshire, where the artist spent the last two decades of his life. Indeed, it was during this time that Rolt found great inspiration painting his secret love: the elm trees of the area - a particularly prevalent subject when Dutch elm disease threatened their existence. Despite being a Yorkshire-man by birth, for over 20 years, Rolt considered Berkshire and the surrounding counties of Oxfordshire and Wiltshire his home. Moving initially to the Old Rectory, Lilley, near Peasemore, in 1959. Rolt then spent the years 1962 - 69 at Chievely Manor until divorce from his wife, Penelope Minnie Bradford, resulted in a move into an apartment at the large manor house at Fresden in 1970, where he stayed until 1982. In 1985, after suffering from severe pain for several years - the result of disabilities in his right arm and leg sustained at birth when a forceps delivery damaged his skull - Rolt underwent surgery but did not survive the operation. He is buried in Budleigh Salterton, Devon. A memorial exhibition was held in London the following year. IMPORTANT: This lot is sold subject to Artists Resale Rights, details of which can be found in our Terms and Conditions.