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Frank Runacres:  Beach and Coastal Scenes

"The Estuary"exhibited RA 1954

Signed and dated 1951

16"x24" oil on masonite.

I bought the picture from Arthur Stewart , a London dealer, in 1972, 73  or 74.

My picture is Oil on Board : 32 inches by 26 inches unframed.  It is signed ( bottom left hand)  F. Runacres  but not dated.  
Arthur had a number of Runacres which were fresh in on the day I bought it ( at least 8, perhaps as many as 15)  I can't properly remember.  The Picture buyer from Marshall Field & Company of Chicago  Ill. (then still an independent and famous Store) was also there at the time, and he bought a number of the Runacres (perhaps 5 or more) as well as other pictures. All of which would have been shipped to the States and sold there.
Arthur claimed to have bought the whole collection direct from the Artist (?) the Studio (?)  -- again, can't remember which.    In my recollection, several of the other pictures were  Beach scenes with people in them.

John Nunn June 2, 2011

Also see the very similar watercolour below:

The image above was provided by Geoff Lawler on July 14, 2015

He said: It is a watercolour dated 1955 and signed in the bottom right corner.

Frank's wife Lilian Martha Holbrook was my grandfather's cousin.

Frank and Lilian married on 19 May 1928 at Islington.
My mother (Lilian May Pollard) was named after her. She inherited the painting when Frank's wife died.
I inherited the painting when my mother died recently.

Information on eBay January 2012:  Up for auction here is an original, vintage circa mid 1950s to mid 1960s oil painting on board by well listed and collected English impressionist painter  Frank Runacres R.A. (1904-1974 British)    The subject matter of this fine impressionist painting is a busy beach scene with bathers.  The painting is being sold in a newer 1975 Marshall Field and Company picture frame. The painting on its own measures 24 inches high by 30 inches across and with the frame 29 inches by 35 inches. The painting is signed by the artist in the lower right corner.  The painting has two small spots where the paint is cracked but not flaking. There are no restorations to the work. The painting does have some water stain on the back of the old backing paper but it has not affected the integrity of the painting itself. There is also a small spot of the white cloth liner on the front that has some yellowing. Frank Runacres is listed in the published book Davenports Art Reference and Price Guide he also has lots of auction records listed on major auction result price sites.  This painting is probably the most popular subject matter and most collected subject matter that Frank Runacres painted. Hammer prices at public auction for similar subject matter works have sold in the 1,500 Pounds Sterling ($2,375 U.S. Dollars) up to 2,800 pounds sterling ($4,300 US Dollars) range in recent years.  He exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art in England and other major venues.  Not may of his oil paintings of this type show up in the United States.  This is a wonderful work by the artist and a top notch impressionist painting perfect for the mid century modern and English modern collector.

The painting above was provided by Liz Palermo-Hedberg whose relatives worked for Marshall Fields in Chicago. MF purchased several Runacres works ( see also the beach and blue rail painting two lines above) which were sold in the USA and sometimes they reappear. 

This one was stored in a guest room closet for12 years after coming from Liz's inlaws in Roswell, Georgia, USA.

Liz had not liked the Marshall Fields "hideous gold frame".  When she contacted me she was in the process of reframing the painting and restoring it to a more suitable viewing location. I sent this image to someone who knew Frank and his wife Lilly and I am told she thinks the woman with the towel might be "a memory to Lilly".  We'll never know!

Here is the label on the back.

Image provided by Dennis Bourgeois from Phoenix, Arizona.  USA.  He purchased this painting in 2007 at a local antique shop.   Image size is 31 inches wide and 40 inches high.    The Exodus is written on thee back.   Oil on board.  1969

Waiting for the Boat

In the auction information this is described as : ''Afternoon Cruise'', figures on a boat, signed lower right: F Runacres, titled by repute, oil on board, 25.25'' H x 43'' W, Condition Report: Visual: Generally good condition. Blacklight: No evidence of restoration under blacklight. Provenance: Goldfield Galleries, Los Angeles, CA Dimensions: 25.25'' H x 43'' W : However in the exhibition of his works at New Cavendish Street in London in 1974 (the year he died) his "late works" are listed and none is shown as "Afternoon Cruise" Given the skirt lengths, railing details (see nearby works above and below) and posture if the people I judge these are folks waiting for a boat rather than on a boat and so I suggest this is his "Afternoon Cruise" late work as listed in the New Cavendish 1974 exhibition.

The Yellow Towel

Oil on Board 1967 60cm x 44cm

Owned by Debra Luck of Epping Essex

This painting (oil on board 31 by 24 cms) was discovered by Lynn Roylance in 1986 in the kitchen when Frank Runacres home at. 223 Petersham Road, Richmond Upon Thames was being remodelled.. It was in the kitchen, it had been cut to size and screwed face down and painted on its back, it was being used as a bridge between the sink and a kitchen dresser. Lynn kindly sent it for inclusion on the website in early 2018.  She commented on its similarity to the yellow towel painting above and, I think, others on this page. Wonderful that it has survived and now joins his other similar paintings.

Bathers on the Beach Steps 1962

Oil on Board