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Alfred Saunders (1908 - 1986)

Alfred Saunders was born in Hackney, London in 1908 and moved to Woodford in Essex at the age of 9. Encouraged by a family member he had painted since early childhood.

He joined the army at 21 as a regular soldier serving with the Essex Regiment. On the onset of World War II Alfred was serving in Egypt and later in India where his artistic talents came to light with his first exhibition. All the paintings sold and, from the proceeds, Alfred managed to arrange a month’s leave and enjoyed a holiday fishing and painting. During the war, Alfred was sent back home as part of an escort bringing Italian prisoners of war to Britain.

He married in 1941 and moved to Wingfield Green, Suffolk. Following a bicycle accident and while recovering, Alfred being bored, decided to take up the brush again and working from his home he had a view of Wingfield Castle and this was the first subject he painted.

In 1966 Devon Galleries in Elm Hill Norwich began selling Alfred’s work. His paintings of the Suffolk countryside with barns and old buildings, magnificent sunsets, coastlines at low tide and an abundance of the East Anglian skies soon became popular and in great demand.

In 1975 Alfred and his wife emigrated to Australia but only stayed a year, Alfred missed the British weather with its changing seasons and they returned home in 1976. He continued to paint captivating the East Anglian countryside with visits to the North Norfolk coast for added inspiration.

Alfred Saunders died on 7th January 1986.

Work by Alfred Saunders (1908 - 1986)

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August Morning

August Morning

Oil
17in x 22½in (43.2cm x 57.2cm)

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Beach at Wells, Norfolk

Beach at Wells, Norfolk

Oil
8½in x 17in (21.6cm x 432cm)

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Boatyard

Boatyard

Oil
5in x7 in (12.7cm x 17.8cm)

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Broadland Bungalows

Broadland Bungalows

Oil
14in x 22in (35.5cm x 56cm)

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February

February

Oil
6in x 8in (15.2cm x 20.3cm)

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Glass Protected Oil – “The Victorian Style collection” – Norfolk Farm

Glass Protected Oil – “The Victorian Style collection” – Norfolk Farm

Oil
7in x 9in (17.8cm x 22.8cm)

Inscribed on the back board in the artist’s own handwriting –
Norfolk Farm
Glass protected Oil
“Victorian Style”
Alfred W Saunders
1983

This painting is one of a series painted in the early 1980’s where the artist had selected ornate gold frames giving a Victorian effect, they had original brown mounts which we have replaced with light ivory mounts and the original backs have been retained showing the inscription.

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January 1968

January 1968

Oil
18¾in x 14¾in (47.5cm x 37.5cm)

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Last Light

Last Light

Oil
8in x 12in (20.3cm x 30.5cm)

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Poppies by the Path, Hoxne

Poppies by the Path, Hoxne

Oil
15in x 20in (38cm x 51cm)

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Suffolk Hedgecutter’s fire, October 1968

Suffolk Hedgecutter’s fire, October 1968

Oil 14in x 18½in (35.6cm x 47cm)

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Sunset After the Rain

Sunset After the Rain

Oil from 1985
18in x 24in (45.7cm x 61cm)

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Wet Weather – Low Tide

Wet Weather – Low Tide

Oil
6in x 8in (15.2cm x 20.3cm)

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X (SOLD) April Showers, Walcott

X (SOLD) April Showers, Walcott

Oil from 1983
5½in x 9½in (14cm x 24cm)

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X (SOLD) Autumn Trees

X (SOLD) Autumn Trees

Gouache
6¾in x 8¾in (17.2cm x 22.2cm)
(framed behind glass)

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X (SOLD) Belaugh Church

X (SOLD) Belaugh Church

Oil
5in x 7in (12.7cm x 17.8cm)

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