Hubert Pragnell



I was born in London in 1942 and from school went to study fine art first at Goldsmiths’ College School of Art. Here I took the intermediate examination in arts and crafts before winning a major county scholarship to study at the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, Oxford. Here I took the University of Oxford Certificate in Fine Art, and the National Diploma in design (Fine Art). I then took a postgraduate diploma education at the University of Reading. I subsequently took an MA in History at the University of Kent and currently completing a Ph.D at the University of York in the field of railway architecture & history. Since 2003 I have been a part-time tutor in history of art & architecture for the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education, & a member of Kellogg College.
My main interest is landscape and architectural subjects and my preferred medium is watercolour, ink and wash, and pastel although I do occasionally paint in oil. I taught art for a number of years at schools including Stonyhurst College, Lancashire, and The Crypt Grammar School Gloucester, before coming to The King’s School, Canterbury to teach primarily History of Art, although I also taught pupils landscape and architectural drawing & painting. Former pupils include Benjamin Mowll (Royal Society of Marine painters); Edmund de Waal (potter).
I first exhibited an etching at the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers in 1960 and have exhibited with the Royal institute of Painters in Watercolour at the Mall Gallery. I have exhibited at a number of venues including London, Oxford and Canterbury; several times in exhibitions arranged to fun-raise for Canterbury Cathedral. A number of my works have been sold to America, Canada and mainland Europe. I have been a member of the East Kent Art Society for about twenty years.

Commissions include drawings of commercial buildings in the City of London, the church of St Giles-in-the-Fields, Oxford degree ceremony, Norwich City Council, as well as paintings of major independent schools and university colleges for Contemporary Watercolours of Gravesend.
Works reproduced as prints for former Royal Naval College, Greenwich (Painted Hall)
As well as watercolour paintings I have written and illustrated a number of books and articles including on architecture & history :

The Chapel & Chaplains of Eltham Palace, Archaeologia Cantiana 1968
The London Panoramas of Robert Barker & Thomas Girtin, 1968
Canterbury Cathedral: Architectural Plan 1980
Britain : a Guide to Architectural Styles 1984
Walks through Ten English Towns (illustrations) 1988
Westminster Abbey: Architectural Plan : 1995
Industrial Britain 2000
Artist’s Oxford (contributor) 2005
The Architecture of Britain 2009
The Friars in Medieval Britain (contributor) 2010
Oxford in Watercolours 2011
Portraits of British Schools (contributor) 2012
The Architecture of York 2014