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|Profile of Alan Carr Linford RWS|
Born in 1926, Alan Carr Linford studied at the Royal College
of Art 1943-1947. The Prix de Rome came to him in 1947. He
gained associate of the Royal Society of Painter Etchers
when he was 23 in 1949. This was preceded by several
It was the portrait painter Sir Edward Halliday who took
the young artist under his wing and showed a portfolio of
his work to Princess Elizabeth (as The Queen was then) and
the Duke of Edinburgh at Clarence House. The drawings were
views of the Thames and Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of
Edinburgh were so pleased with what they saw that they
aquired 4 and commissioned 10.
This patronage launched Carr Linford's career and many
commissions followed, including twenty-four river
paintings for the Royal Yacht Brittania and further
paintings of Windsor, which hang in the private appartments
at Windsor castle. A painting of Birkhall commissioned for
Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was
Recently exhibited at The Queen's gallery.
I quote Adrian Bury, Hon RWS, in his appreciation of Carr Linford from The Studio: "How many artists have
been supported in their efforts by Royal interest. How much the nation owes in a cultural sense to our
ruling house." This is not always generally realised.
The Sultan of Oman commissioned a series of huge paintings of Oman and the artist rose to the challenge with
great aplomb. Commissions came from all over the world followed by three one-man exhibitions at the Mistral
Gallery in Dover Street, London.
Carr Linford has held fast to 'fine, scrupulous and perceptive drawing, and reverenced the best of his aesthetic
ancestors.' The skillful attention to detail and the portrayal of light on the water is captured in the rain-soaked
water colour of Saint Paul's.
For many years the artist's happy hunting ground has been in the neighbourhood of the Thames and a number of
these paintings can be viewed on the website.
Carr Linford's work deserves the honours he has won and the patronage he receives. The world is his oyster,
he loves his work, and this is reflected in the warmth and diversity of his paintings.