Charles Tunnicliffe 1901 – 1979

One section of the history gallery at Oriel Ynys Môn is devoted to the remarkable work of this artist, who lived at Malltraeth from 1947 until his death in February 1979.

heritage Charles Tunnicliff Anglesey

0Although famous for his wildlife paintings, Tunnicliffe painted landscapes and studies of local people as well. He was born in Chester and became famous for his illustrations for Henry Williamson’s wonderful story Tarka the Otter, published in 1932. This brought him many commissions and during the second world war he produced Dig for Victory posters for the government. At this time he was also a schoolmaster, teaching art at Manchester Grammar School.

In 1952 his Shoreland’s Summer Diary was published, a book that not only presents his studies of the birdlife on the Cefni estuary but also includes delightful sketches of the farming community of his corner of Anglesey. Two years later he was elected to the Royal Academy and in 1977 was awarded the OBE, a fitting tribute for the support he had given conservation over the years.