- > Charles Tunnicliffe OBE RA
1901 - 1979
Charles Tunnicliffe studied at the Macclesfield School of Art. He went on to win a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in London.
Tunnicliffe worked in several media, including watercolor painting, etching and aquatint, wood engraving, woodcut, and oil painting.
Much of Tunnicliffe's work depicted birds in their natural settings and other naturalistic scenes. He illustrated Henry Williamson's Tarka the Otter. He also illustrated a number of books, including the Ladybird books. His work was characterised by its precision and accuracy, but also by the way in which he was able to portray birds as they were seen in nature rather than as stiff scientific studies.
From March 1953, he painted many of the cover illustrations for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds's (RSPB) magazine Bird Notes, and several for the later Birds magazines.