A recent correspondent (2013) contributed further information about William Mann: ' I’ve just bought a little book by him called ‘Gouache Painting with Designer’s Colours’ (Winsor & Newton Ltd, 1964). The blurb on the back says that:
‘W. Mann, A.R.C.A. is Deputy Principal at Plymouth College of Art, and has taught painting and graphic design to full-time and part-time students. His work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, the Royal West of England Academy, locally in the West Country and in the Midlands.’ Here are some links that I turned up when I was trying to find out more about him: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/cornish-boats-plymouth-devon-49857 http://www.seapicturesgallery.com/Paintings/J_Pickup.html http://www.artfact.com/auction-lot/william-mann-arca-1914-1980-gouache-on-card,-st-1-u-09210e3e83
Flight-Lieut William Mann, RAF, exhibited three paintings of Looe, Cornwall in the second exhibition of work by members of the Plymouth Society of Artists. His sending-in address at the time (Sept 1945) was Marlow, Bucks, but it is unknown as yet whether or not he was a native of Cornwall, and perhaps not yet de-mobbed. Further information welcome.
A correspondent in 2017 has contributed the information that he has bought at auction a work by Mann of Greenwich Park and the Isle of Dogs, possibly painted in Designers' Gouache around the 1960s. On the back, the artist's address is given as: 61 Powisland Drive, Derriford, Plymouth. The artwork was at that time priced at 25 guineas.
Painter in watercolour
works and access
Works incl: Looe Slipway (No 109); West Looe (No 123); Looe Beach (No 131)
Sept 1945: Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery, Exh of works by Plymouth Society of Artists
Plymouth Society of Artists
Plymouth City Mus & AG (1945, Sept) Exh Cat