Hand Painted Military Figures.

Hand Painted Military Figures.
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HOWELL, Lieutenant E.V: Wooden painted soldiers and design paintings by Lt.E.V Howell. Lieutenant Ernest Vernon Howell was born on 7th May 1891 and was commissioned into the Royal Artillery on 8th September 1917. He was promoted Lieutenant on 4th March 1919 and discharged from the army on 16th June 1920.
In May 1929 he wrote to the Curator of Lancaster Museum on hearing the news of the establishment of the King's Own Museum. He wrote "I am an invalided ex officer (retired) and have now taken up my former hobby of painting etc to support myself and family. I am specialising in sketches etc of past and present uniforms of the British Army."
The figures, are approx 11 inches high and they originally cost 6 shillings and 6 pence each. Figures were also available at 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 feet high. (25, 35, 50, 70 shillings and £5 5 shillings respectively).
"The wooden figures in my opinion" he wrote "make the more interesting exhibits for museum purposes, the two foot and three foot sizes being most suitable. They are large enough to shew the small details which are often so important in uniforms”
Lieutenant Howell had already provided figures to the Royal Scots Regiment, Royal Scots Fusiliers, The Rifle Brigade, The Worcester Regiment and The Border Regiment.
These figures depict a private of The Buffs regiment for 1742, Grenadiers for 1751 and 1768, a private for 1792 and others for 1811and 1838. A private of The Light Company of 1854 and an sergeant for 1904 bring up the rear.
His career appears to have continued through into the 1960’s, as accompanying the wooden figures are 19 design illustrations for other painted wooden figures. At least one of these bear a date from the 1960’s. The drawings are folded across the middle and were probably posted out to prospective clients for his painted wooden figures.

 

£795.00


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