Willis, Richard: The Dovecot


A semi-abstract and atmospheric representation of a country house dovecot whose impact is enhanced by applying sgraffito techniques to thick layers of oil paint. The work is signed and very sympathetically framed, it was exhibited at the Fimbarrus Gallery in Bath in September 1961. A partner painting available is ‘The Folly’ and the pair is available at £350.


Artist: Richard Willis, (born 1924)

Title and date: The Dovecot, 1961

Size: 16.0 x 21.5 cms.


Artist description:

Richard Willis was born in London, educated at Harrow and lived in Somerset at a manor house in Greenham Barton, the subject of the works offered here. At 16, he was honoured as the youngest ever exhibitor at the Royal Academy, where two of his works are hung, he later studied art at Reading University under Anthony Betts. He served in the Royal Naval Reserve (RNVR) where he was involved in landing American tanks on D-Day.

His Royal Navy experience formed the basis for a successful career as a marine artist, many of his works have been reproduced as prints. His work has been shown in mixed exhibitions, including with the London Group and the New English Art Club, and he has had several solo exhibitions including in Bath in the late 1950s and early 1960s, where he also ran an art gallery.