Tribute to the Red Army

This is painting by Scottish artist, Cowan Dobson is of a great rally held at St Andrews Hall in Glasgow in 1943. It is titled “Tribute to the Red Army” and marked the 25th anniversary of the Red Army. There were also celebrations held in London and other cities. The rally was attended by representative units of the armed forces and civil defence services. “ Mr Duff Cooper is on the platform which is decorated with the flag of St Andrew, and the national emblem of the U.S.S.R. “ The painting was sent to the Soviet Union as a tribute from the people of Glasgow.


Hat tip to Richard


Excerpt about Cowan Dobson from Wikipedia

Although he painted some very fine portraits of well known men, like Earl Attlee, Earl Beatty and Harold Wilson, he also often portrayed “fashionable London ladies”. Cowan was married to Phyllis Bowyer, who was the brain behind his financial success. She made Cowan one of London’s leading society portrait painters. She herself sat for the famous photographer Alexander Bassano, the resulting portrait now being at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Cowan Dobson started his career in Scotland. In 1918 he was using his father’s studio at Dalry. Around 1920 he moved to London and from then on he worked and resided mainly in London. Occasionally, he would work in and around Glasgow. He is said to have rented Kenmure Castle, in New Galloway, Kirkcudbrightshire, in the 1930s and 1940s to entertain and paint fashionable sitters.

He mainly worked in oils but also painted some fine water-colour scenes. He painted in the tradition of the academic nineteenth century with mostly a rather darker colour scheme, while his brother Henry, influenced by the Modernist Movement in Edinburgh, painted more colourful portraits.

He became an Official War Painter and made portraits of many holders of the Victoria Cross. Dobson painted three portraits of Royal Air Force V.C.’s for the R.A.F., today held in a section of the Imperial War Museum in London. These include Lt. Col. L.W. Brabazon Rees, Sgt Mottershead and Flight Lt.A.W. Beauchamps-Proctor.

His works were widely exhibited, including the Royal Academy, Royal Society of Arts, Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Society of Water-colourers, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Cambrian Academy, Fine Art Society, and the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool

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