Plaque remembers artist Carel Weight

Published: Thursday 24th May 18

A blue plaque has been put up in Putney at the former studio of artist Carel Weight.

The plaque on the site of the studio in Keswick Road

The leader of Wandsworth Council, Ravi Govindia, joined the artist’s  many friends and former pupils at the unveiling of the plaque in Keswick Road, organised by the Putney Society.  The plaque was unveiled by Royal Academician Mick Rooney.

Carel Weight CH CBE RA worked in his Putney studio for a number of years before he died in 1997. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, taught at the Royal College of Art and was sent to Italy as an official war artist during the second world war.

He was known for his landscapes and portraits, some of which were set in the areas of south west London that were so familiar to him. His paintings are held in the Tate, the V&A and the Imperial War Museum and one of his works was in the private collection of prolific art collector David Bowie.

A Street in Putney by Carel Weight, 1949

Cllr Govindia said: “It was an honour to attend this event and remember the great artist Carel Weight, who created many of his works at his Keswick Road studio.

We are proud of our heritage of supporting the arts here in Wandsworth and I’m delighted there is now a permanent memorial to remember an artist who found inspiration here in Putney. Next time you’re walking along Keswick Road, I would urge you to pause for a few moments at number 31 and take a look.”

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When I taught at the Elliott School we had a Carel Weight painting in the foyer, “Little Maisie sees Elijah” I hope it is still kept safely by the new School and displayed somewhere, perhaps in the library
Edmund Hodges

25 May 2018