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1 Impressive Oil Painting Portrait Judge In Full Civic Court Dress Regalia Red Robes" By John Whitlock Codner.
Subject front portrait half length view of a Judge dressed wearing his full civic regalia red formal robes, wig, lace collar tie.
Portrait of Mr Justice Judge Paul Storr Supreme Court Judge In Johore Malayia now Malaysia who had 31 years in Malaya he left his position in 1956. By John Whitlock Codner.
The colour red he is wearing signifies that he is representing the Royal Crown.
The attention to detail is incredible to his face & clothing especially the lacework detail to his white collar tie. It is like you can feel the textures & creases which has such perspective.
Signed by the known British artist John Whitlock Codner.
A fine example of his work.
Oil on canvas.
Artist biography label verso. John Whitlock Codner (June 1913 – August 2008) was a British postwar and contemporary painter and wartime camouflage officer. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and his works remain in major collections to this day. John Codner was born in Beaconsfield in 1913.
He was the son of the society painter Maurice Codner, whose friend Sir Alfred Munnings encouraged John Codner to paint. He was educated at St. Edward's School, Oxford.
Having entered the Second World War serving in the Royal Artillery, Codner was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1940 and served as a camouflage officer in the Middle East.
He sailed to Egypt on the RMS Samaria, in a contingent of artists turned camoufleurs that included: Steven Sykes (a stained glass artist) Edward Bainbridge Copnall (a sculptor), Jasper Maskelyne (a stage magician) and Peter Proud (a film art director). This group, serving under the Director of Camouflage, Geoffrey Barkas, GHQ.ME G(Cam), became renowned for the techniques they employed as part of the war of deception.
Codner worked on camouflage and deception with Peter Proud during the Siege of Tobruk, 1941,[5] and under Steven Sykes on Operation Crusader.
He studied at Regent Street Polytechnic School of Art under Harry Watson 1930-32. After the war Codner studied in London, at the Regent Street Polytechnic School of Art. He then taught at the Sir John Cass School of Art, from 1947 to 1951.
Following a move to the West Country, he became a member of the Royal West of England Academy (RWA). He worked from his studio in Stokenham in Devon and was an honorary member of the Bristol Savages.
He was best known as a figure painter, but also produced still life and landscape paintings. He exhibited his paintings at the Royal Academy and the RWA.
References Artuk, Mutualart, 1stdibs, Royal West of England Academy: John Whitlock Codner Archived 9 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 13 November 2012. Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company.
Bibliography Barkas, Geoffrey; Barkas, Natalie (1952). The Camouflage Story (from Aintree to Alamein). Cassell. Stroud, Rick (2012). The Phantom Army of Alamein: How the Camouflage Unit and Operation Bertram Hoodwinked Rommel. Bloomsbury.
Provenance from Cato Crane Auctioneers lot 36 on 30th November 2022 in the timed auction.
Set in an attractive original gilt frame.
With hanging thread on the back ready for immediate home display.
Condition report.
Offered in fine used condition.
The painting surface has some paint loss and various craquelure, foxing, also having had a small paint touch up to the background area and some small protruding indentations to the canvas in places & it would benefit from having a professional clean done to it.
Having general noticeable wear, scuffs, cracking, scratches, minor chips to the frame commensurate with usage & old age.
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Dimensions in centimetres of the frame approximate

High (76cm)
Wide (66cm)
Depth (4.5cm)

Canvas, Oil Paint

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