John Pawle Biography

John Pawle (1915-2010)

He studied at Westminster School of Art before the outbreak of war, but did not devote himself to painting until he retired from the city in 1979. Thereafter he had over twenty highly successful London exhibitions and sold an extraordinarily high volume of works to collectors worldwide. He also successfully exhibited internationally in Florida, South of France and Paris.

Declared in his 90’s

The straightforward and colourful soul of John H Pawle reaches out from his paintings, many of which are shown here on Blondes Fine Art.  It was perhaps that same straightforwardness which made Pawle, when captaining Harrow against Eton at Lord’s in 1934, declare his school’s second innings when seven runs short of his personal century. Wisden reported, “His 93 represented magnificent cricket, but even finer was the truly splendid spirit he showed in denying himself the coveted century because there still remained a chance – even a thin one – that Harrow might bring off a win.” He went on to score prolifically for the University of Cambridge and during those years he also played for Essex.

Pawle fought in destroyers during the Second World War and afterwards became a partner in a firm of stockbrokers. He was British amatuer rackets champion from 1947 – 50 and played for the world title on two occasions.  On retirement, he was able to concentrate on his painting, bringing to his work, the same sureness and warmth he brought to the cricket field. His work now represents great value and continues to increase in popularity.