Sgt. J E Wood (The Chelsea Pensioner)

Sgt. J E Wood. Oil. Size 20X24in. Royal Society of Portrait Painters 1957. Paris Salon 1957. Royal Society of British Artists 1958.

This is one of Everel’s best-known paintings.  Sgt. Wood was a temporary model at the Byam Shaw Art School.  The painting was exhibited at a number of respected art exhibitions and, in the 1957 Royal Society of Portrait Painters catalogue, it was offered for sale for just £20!  Fortunately it was not sold and remained in the family.  Sgt. Wood himself gained some prominence when, in November 1957, he was the subject of the “This is Your Life” television show, during which the painting was mentioned, together with the remarkable fact that Everel had only been painting in oil for four years when she painted this.

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