"Paddle Steamer on the Thames" Lionel Bulmer 1919-1992 ;Oil on panel 27 x 35 cm.
Lionel Bulmer was the son of an architect and clearly enjoyed the world around him as a potential artist. He managed to achieve two happy years at Camberwell School of Art before being called up for military service and throughout his time in the army kept a series of sketch books on the go. He joined the Royal College of Art after the demobilisation and lost no time in joining their classes - even though they were still 'evacuated" from London to their splendid quarters in Ambleside. Adding to the charms of the lakes were those of his soon to be wife, Margaret Green. The two were inseparable and began a partnership that saw them through to Lionel's death in 1992. The couple retired to and embaced life in Suffolk and painted many views of the area around Southwold.
This painting however, relates to happy days in London when both Lionel and Margaret had posts teaching at London Art colleges. More recently they were given a series of 'Lionel and Margaret' exhibitions with Messums Gallery in London - where this painting was included.