ARTIST: A.D Bell RBA (Wilfred Knox 1884 - 1966)
TITLE: “Evening on The Clyde”
MEDIUM: Watercolour on paper heightened with white
10” x 14.1/2” Signed an dated AD Bell 1939 lower left
REF: KFA 585 (SOLD)
Strangely, A D Bell never existed. The name was a pseudonym chosen by Arthur Joseph, an art dealer from Brierly Hill.
When A D Bell’s pictures were fully framed, there was often a fictitious biography of A D Bell printed and laid to the backing board. But at least two artists produced works for Arthur Joseph under this same pseudonym, or, only two were ever traced. Horace Hammond was this second artist. Also, Knox sometimes used a second pseudonym of R MacGregor.
But actually, the artist who painted this Clyde picture was in fact called Wilfred Knox. He was born in Handsworth in 1884. Little is known of his early life as an engineer and one who served in The Royal Flying Corps during WW1. He specialized in painting ships, clippers especially, and harbours and coastal scenes were often from The West Country or Scotland and occasionally Ireland. But his Venice pictures are thought to be his best works.
He died in October 1966. An exhibition of some of his paintings was held by Harper Fine Paintings at Poynton in Cheshire in November 1987.