Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Oil on board, signed at lower right, presented in a later complimentary frame.
Frame dimensions 23 x 26 3/4 in.
Paul Lucien Dessau was a London born artist. He began his career in the arts working for a commercial art studio before opening his own design studio with his brother. He furthered his studies with classes at the Hornsey School of Art and the Central School of Art and Design.
At the outbreak of World War II, Dessau joined the Auxiliary Fire Service, which became the National Fire Service in 1941. Numerous artists joined this group, and a firemen's artist committee was formed to support the work of its members. The committee organized exhibitions throughout England, including four exhibitions at the Royal Academy.
After the war, Dessau and his wife moved to the country. He was a sought after portrait artist and received many lucrative commissions.
Paintings by Dessau are found in numerous prominent private and public collections including the London Fire Brigade Museum, the Museum of London and the Yale Center for British Art.
Several scattered black paint spots; area of abrading and paint loss to sky; several surface smudges; wear to edges of panel from old framing.