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Alfred Saunders (1908 - 1986)

Alfred Saunders was born in Hackney, London in 1908 and moved to Woodford in Essex at the age of 9. Encouraged by a family member he had painted since early childhood.

He joined the army at 21 as a regular soldier serving with the Essex Regiment. On the onset of World War II Alfred was serving in Egypt and later in India where his artistic talents came to light with his first exhibition. All the paintings sold and, from the proceeds, Alfred managed to arrange a month’s leave and enjoyed a holiday fishing and painting. During the war, Alfred was sent back home as part of an escort bringing Italian prisoners of war to Britain.

He married in 1941 and moved to Wingfield Green, Suffolk. Following a bicycle accident and while recovering, Alfred being bored, decided to take up the brush again and working from his home he had a view of Wingfield Castle and this was the first subject he painted.

In 1966 Devon Galleries in Elm Hill Norwich began selling Alfred’s work. His paintings of the Suffolk countryside with barns and old buildings, magnificent sunsets, coastlines at low tide and an abundance of the East Anglian skies soon became popular and in great demand.

In 1975 Alfred and his wife emigrated to Australia but only stayed a year, Alfred missed the British weather with its changing seasons and they returned home in 1976. He continued to paint captivating the East Anglian countryside with visits to the North Norfolk coast for added inspiration.

Alfred Saunders died on 7th January 1986.

Work by Alfred Saunders (1908 - 1986)

X (SOLD) Eel Fishers Boat from 1860 – 1936

X (SOLD) Eel Fishers Boat from 1860 – 1936

Oil
5in x 7in (12.7cm x 17.8cm)

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X (SOLD) Kent Oast Houses

X (SOLD) Kent Oast Houses

Oil
3¾in x 5¾in (9.5cm x 14.6cm)

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X (SOLD) Last Light

X (SOLD) Last Light

Oil
8in x 12in (20.3cm x 30.5cm)

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X (SOLD) Last Light

X (SOLD) Last Light

Oil
8in x 10in (20.4cm x 25.4cm)

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X (SOLD) Low Road, Wortwell

X (SOLD) Low Road, Wortwell

Oil from 1982
6in x 10¼in (15.2cm x 26cm)

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X (SOLD) Low Tide, Wells-Next-The Sea, Norfolk 1967

X (SOLD) Low Tide, Wells-Next-The Sea, Norfolk 1967

Oil 10in x 14in (25.4cm x 35.6cm)

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X (SOLD) Midnight

X (SOLD) Midnight

oil on board 8in x 12in (20.3cm x 30.5cm)

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X (SOLD) Moored River Barge

X (SOLD) Moored River Barge

Oil
5in x 7in (12.7cm X 17.8cm)

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X (SOLD) Mousehold Heath, Norwich

X (SOLD) Mousehold Heath, Norwich

Oil
5in x 7in (12.7cm x 17.8cm)

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X (SOLD) Nature Reserve, Carlton Colville, Suffolk

X (SOLD) Nature Reserve, Carlton Colville, Suffolk

Oil
9in x 16¼in (22.9cm x 41.3cm)

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X (SOLD) Norfolk River

X (SOLD) Norfolk River

Oil 8in x 12in (20.3cm x 30.5cm)

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X (SOLD) Quay at Wells

X (SOLD) Quay at Wells

Oil
5in x 7in (12.7cm x 17.8cm)

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X (SOLD) Reed Cutter’s Hut, Stalham Staithe

X (SOLD) Reed Cutter’s Hut, Stalham Staithe

Oil
5in x 7in (12.7cm x 17.8cm)

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X (SOLD) Study of an old Tower Mill, 1967

X (SOLD) Study of an old Tower Mill, 1967

Oil 14in x 10in (35.6cm x 25.4cm)

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X (SOLD) Suffolk Hedgecutter’s fire, October 1968

X (SOLD) Suffolk Hedgecutter’s fire, October 1968

Oil 14in x 18½in (35.6cm x 47cm)

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