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Henry Marvell Carr


Henry Marvell Carr RA was born in 1894 in Leeds and lived and worked in London. He attended Leeds College of Art and the Royal Academy under William Rothenstein. Carr exhibited at the Royal Academy, New English Art Club, The Royal Society of British Artists and The Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

Photograph of Henry Marvell Carr aged 19 years old. Photographer unknown. By permission of Carr estate.

Henry Marvell Carr aged 19 years old. Photographer unknown. By permission of Carr estate.

Portrait photograph of Henry Marvell Carr. Photographer unknown. By permission of Carr estate.

Henry Marvell Carr. Photographer unknown. By permission of Carr estate.

Appointed as an official war artist during World War II, Carr painted scenes of bomb-damaged London and depicted battles and casualties in North Africa and Italy. In 1948 he was elected fellow of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and awarded the gold model at the Paris Salon in 1956. Between 1957 and 1959 Carr was commisioned to paint a series of 14 murals depicting the stages of textile production for Salts Mill, Saltaire, West Yorkshire. In 1966 he became a full member of the Royal Academy. His work is held in the collections of the Imperial War Museum, National Maritime Museum and the British Government.

Carr died in 1970.

Photograph of General Eisenhower sitting for Carr, 1943. Photographer unknown. Passed for publication by the Field Press Censor. By permission of Carr estate.

General Eisenhower sitting for Carr, 1943. Photographer unknown. Passed for publication by the Field Press Censor. By permission of Carr estate.

Painting: General Dwight D Eisenhower, 1943 by Henry Marvell Carr © IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 2966)

General Dwight D Eisenhower, 1943 by Henry Marvell Carr © IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 2966)


Painting: Parachute Drop 1943 by Henry Marvell Carr © IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 3072)

Parachute Drop, 1943, by Henry Marvell Carr © IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 3072)

The Aero commission


Untitled portrait painting c. 1950 by Henry Marvell Carr
THE PAINTING

Untitled c.1950 by Henry Marvell Carr.

Untitled portrait painting c. 1950 by Henry Marvell Carr
THE PAINTING

Untitled c.1950 by Henry Marvell Carr.


Henry Marvell Carr painted at least two Aero Girls portraits, which are now held within the Rowntree & Co. Ltd archive at the Borthwick Institute for Archives. Both paintings are untitled and neither appears to have been published in Rowntree Aero chocolate adverts by the advertising agency J. Walter Thompson (JWT).

Written by Kerstin Doble

Sources and more on Henry Marvell Carr

David Buckman (2006), Artists in Britain Since 1945, Art Dictionaries Ltd.

Henrymarvellcarr.com. Retrieved 2 March 2014

National Portrait Gallery. World War II: Official War Artists. Retrieved 2 March 2014.

BBC/Public Catalogue Foundation. Henry Marvell Carr. Retrieved 2 March 2014.

Ronan Thomas (3 December 2010). Henry Marvell Carr 1894-1970. 'West End at War'. Retrieved 2 March 2014.

Dave Shaw (July 2007). Salt's Textile Production Captured in Paintings the work of Henry Carr. 'Saltaire History Club'. Retrieved 2 March 2014.

Imperial War Museum. Imperial War Museum Collection.

National Maritime Museum. National Maritime Museum Collection.

Government Art Collection. Government Art Collection.


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