Thomas Cantrell Dugdale

Thomas Cantrell Dugdale RA RP ROI (2 June 1880 – 13 November 1952) was a British artist. He was a member of the Royal Academy, was a renowned portrait painter and served as a war artist in both World War One and World War Two.

Thomas Cantrell Dugdale
Born(1880-06-02)2 June 1880
Blackburn, Lancashire, England
Died13 November 1952(1952-11-13) (aged 72)
Known forPortrait painting


Military Policemen in Palestine, (c.1918) (Art.IWM ART 6224)

Dugdale was born in Blackburn in Lancashire and attended Manchester Grammar School.[1] He initially studied art at the Manchester School of Art before continuing his studies at the Royal College of Art.[2] He also studied at the City and Guilds of London Art School and in Paris at the Academie Julian and the Académie Colarossi.[3][4] Dugdale first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1901 and continued to do so until 1952.[5] In 1910 he enlisted in the British Army and during World War One, Dugdale served as a Staff Sergeant in the Middlesex Yeomanry in Egypt, Palestine and Gallipoli.[6] While on active service Dugdale continued to paint and four of these pieces were acquired by the British War Memorials Committee. A selection of Dugdale's paintings from Palestine and Egypt were shown at the Leicester Galleries in London in April 1919.[7] The Witt Library has a number of political cartoons by Dugdale, possibly dating from around 1914 but it is unclear if, or where, they were intended for publication.[8]

During World War Two, Dugdale lived in Suffolk where he organised a Home Guard unit.[1] Throughout the conflict, from July 1940 to July 1945, Dugdale received portrait commissions from the War Artists' Advisory Committee to depict several merchant seaman and RAF pilots.[9][10]

In addition to his oil paintings, Dugdale designed book covers and was also a textile designer. Early in his career he designed woodcut decorations for some books.[8] For twenty years, from 1919, Dugdale was an advisor to the textile company Tootal Broadhurst Lee.[3] He was married to a fellow artist, Amy Katherine Browning from 1916.[11][12]

His work was also part of the art competitions at the 1932 Summer Olympics and the 1948 Summer Olympics.[13]



  1. ^ a b "Artist's right Royal picture". Lancashire Telegraph. 10 January 2006. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b Benezit Dictionary of Artists Volume 4 Cossintino-Dyck. Editions Grund, Paris. 2006. ISBN 2-7000-3074-5.
  3. ^ a b David Buckman (1998). Artists in Britain Since 1945 Vol 1, A to L. Art Dictionaries Ltd. ISBN 0-95326-095-X.
  4. ^ Brian Stewart & Mervyn Cutten (1997). The Dictionary of Portrait Painters in Britain up to 1920. Antique Collectors' Club. ISBN 1-85149-173-2.
  5. ^ Grant M. Waters (1975). Dictionary of British Artists Working 1900-1950. Eastbourne Fine Art.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Artist: Thomas Cantrell Dugdale". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  7. ^ "First World War Art Archive: T C Dugdale". Imperial War Museum. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  8. ^ a b c Simon Houfe (1996). The Dictionary of 19th Century British Book Illustrators. Antique Collectors' Club. ISBN 1-85149-1937.
  9. ^ "War artist archive: Thomas C Dugdale". Imperial War Museum. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  10. ^ Matt Brosnan. "7 Artworks of the Battle of Britain". Imperial War Museum. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Artist: Amy Katherine Browning". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  12. ^ Frances Spalding (1990). 20th Century Painters and Sculptors. Antique Collectors' Club. ISBN 1-85149-106-6.
  13. ^ "Thomas Cantrell Dugdale". Olympedia. Retrieved 9 February 2023.
  14. ^ a b "Thomas Cantrell Dugdale R.A". Royal Academy. Retrieved 2 June 2016.

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Preceded by
James Patchell Chettle
President of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts
Succeeded by
Charles Oppenheimer