Painter, Printmaker, book illustrator and writer, son of a shoemaker-become-farmer, born at Langley, near Macclesfield, Cheshire. Tunnicliffe was noted for his depictions of birds, animals and the countryside. His pictures were anatomically immaculate yet often had great atmosphere. He won a scholarship to Macclesfield, School of Art; then Manchester School of Art 1915-21, preceding a Royal Exhibition scholarship to the Royal College of Art, 1921. He gained his diploma in painting, 1923. Tunnicliffe was elected RE in 1934 and RA in 1954. His work was bought by the British Museum, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston and by overseas collections. He won the gold medal for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, 1975. Tunnicliffe was a hugely prolific illustrator of books about the country and had a long association with Henry Williamson, author of ‘Tarka the Otter’. Tunnicliffe’s own publications included ‘My Country Book’, 1942, ‘Mereside Chronicle’, 1948, and ‘A Sketchbook of Birds’, 1979.
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