Ben Uri collection

Self-Portrait

Artist information

Name Alfred Daniels (1924-2015)

Born London, England

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Once described as a 'Lowry for Londoners', Realist painter Alfred Daniels was born into a Jewish family in Bow in London's East End, a descendant of Russian immigrants. He was originally employed as a commercial artist. During the Second World War he served in the RAF, afterwards studying at the Royal College of Art. In 1954 he painted a set of murals at Hammersmith Town Hall, depicting life on the Thames, and was a joint winner (with L S Lowry), of the Football Association art competition. In the 1960s he taught at Hornsey College of Art and then at Sir John Cass School of Art, specialising in graphic design. He became a member of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1973, and of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1983, where he also became keeper. His work focused on London and his own community.

Object Details

Object type drawing

Medium pen and ink and white paint on paper and board

Materials and techniques ink | pen (medium) board | paper (support)

Unframed 35 x 26.5 cm

Signed verso left: Alfred Daniels

Acquisition Presented by Charles Spencer

Accession number 2002-10

Display status not on display

Using pen and ink and white paint on paper, realist painter Alfred Daniels invokes a number of processes: the monochrome colouring suggests a black-and-white photograph but also creates the illusion of a woodcut, while the chalky white surface points to his practice as a mural painter.


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