POLONICA IN BRITAIN

(WITH A FOCUS ON SCOTLAND)

A COMPILATION OF WORKS OF ART CREATED BY POLISH ARTISTS WHILE BASED IN SCOTLAND OR ASSOCIATED WITH SCOTLAND AND THE REST OF BRITAIN DURING WWII. ALSO INCLUDES WORKS BY NON-POLISH ARTISTS WHERE THE SUBJECT MATTER RELATED TO POLAND.

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INTRODUCTION

Explanation about Layout of the page :-

Under the heading DETAILS of PORTFOLIO NUMBER #,

where known, the first line states the title of the work;

then – the artist’s name (and any associated pseudonym);

date created;

medium used and size of the work;

name of the Collection.

 

Whenever possible a link is provided to the web based source of the information.

Background notes about the circumstances in which the work was presented are provided when known and other pertinent information.

The right hand column contains a reduced size image for information purposes, as well as acknowledging the source of the photograph. To view a larger sized image, if it exists, use the link provided.

 

The works identified are presented in a number of portfolios. Portfolio No 1 is complete and Portfolio No 2 is in progress.

Links to other Portfolios are provided at the foot of this page

 

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LINKS

EXHIBITIONS IN UK DURING WWII OF POLISH ARTISTS

Polish art made in Scotland [external English language link: Part of Polish-Scottish Heritage]

(IN PROGRESS)

Malarstwo Polskie w Wielkiej Brytanii - Prace i Dokumenty [external Polish language link to University Library in Toruń]

 

 

 

DETAILS OF PORTFOLIO NUMBER ONE

ADAM BUNSCH (ANDRZEJ WART) – No 1

FELIKS TOPOLSKI – No 8

POLISH SCHOOL – No 2

FELIKS KAY-KRZEWINSKI – Nos 9-15

WITOLD MARS –Nos 3-6

STANISLAW MIKULA –No 16

JOSEF MLYNARSKI –No 7

HENRY LAMB, (MC) (RA) No 17

 

 

1

Alderman T. J. Robinson JP, Lord Mayor of Bradford

Adam Bunsch (pseudonym Andrzej Wart) (1896 – 1969)

1942

Oil on canvas, 76.5 x 63.5 cm

Collection: Bradford Museums and Galleries

© the artist's estate

 

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The link also can provide additional information such as, from whom the work was acquired, and when, and where to see the painting.

Background

Click here to visit an extensive external Polish language website about the artist and his works.

A number of his works are on display at the Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum (PISM) in London.

His stain glass work may be seen in Galashiels in the Church of Our Lady and St Andrew’s, Scotland [internal link] and in St. Andrew Bobola Polish RC Church in London.

under the heading – Background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo credit: © Bradford Museums and Galleries

2

A Scottish and Two Polish Soldiers

Polish School

1940

Oil on canvas, 101.6 x 101.6 cm

Collection: Glasgow Museums

Accession number: 3446

Presented by the Polish 10th Cavalry Brigade, 1940

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Background

Research work by the author: to be completed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo credit: © Glasgow Museums

3

Two Polish Soldiers

Witold Mars (died 9 Sep 1985 in New York)

(1940–1941)

Oil on canvas, 54.5 x 67 cm (estimated)

Collection: Biggar Museum Trust

Moat Park Heritage Centre

Kirkstyle, Biggar, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, ML12 6DT

 

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Click here to view the Finding Aid to the Witold Mars papers (1954-1977) at the University of Minnesota, USA.  [external English language site. A short biographical sketch is included.

 

 

photo credit: © Biggar Museum Trust

4

General Paszkiewicz

Witold Mars

1940

Oil on canvas, 102.4 x 74.4 cm (estimated)

Collection: Biggar Museum Trust

On view at Moat Park Heritage Centre

Kirkstyle, Biggar, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, ML12 6DT

 

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General Paszkiewicz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo credit: © Biggar Museum Trust

5

Helen Home Robertson

Witold Mars

Date ?

Oil on canvas, 73.7 x 56 cm

Collection: The Paxton Trust

May be seen at Paxton House

[Paxton House is a historic house at Paxton, Berwickshire, in the Scottish Borders, a few miles south-west of Berwick-upon-Tweed, overlooking the River Tweed.]

 

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photo credit: © The Paxton Trust

6

Polish Soldier (Self Portrait)

Witold Mars

1940

Oil on canvas, 93.5 x 66.3 cm (estimated)

Collection: Biggar Museum Trust

On view at Moat Park Heritage Centre, Kirkstyle, Biggar, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, ML12 6DT

 

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Polish Soldier (Self Portrait)

 

 

photo credit: © Biggar Museum Trust

7

The Royal Family Visiting Polish Troops in Scotland, 1941

Josef Mlynarski

1981

Oil on canvas, 100.5 x 180.5 cm

Collection: IWM [external link to Imperial War Museums

 

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Background

Research work by the author: to be completed

 

 

photo credit: © Imperial War Museum

8

Polish Troops in Scotland, Biggar, 1940

Feliks Topolski

1940

Ink and watercolour on paper, 58.4 x 81.3 cm

Collection: City Art Centre: Edinburgh Museums and Galleries [external link – click here for information about the Centre]. 

Picture not on display.

Remarks: Underneath his signature and title of the work, Topolski wrote “Oath of the Polish soldiers and a field mass – after reforming the units & introducing British battle-dress.”

Acknowledgment: I am grateful to Dr Helen Scott, Curator (Fine Art) of the City Art Centre for her assistance in providing an image of Topolski’s work.

Sources: The Scotsman 18 Sep 1946 and 11 Dec 1946

Background: The painting depicts a scene from August 1940 at Biggar.  In the centre of the picture, seated on armchairs are the President of Poland, W. Raczkiewicz and the Commander-in-Chief and Prime Minister of Poland, General W. Sikorski.  They face towards a field altar.  Behind them are dignitaries, officers and men of the Polish Army.  Some of the men from a Scottish pipe band can be seen on the left.

 

External Links to the artist and his work

Topolski CENTURY

BBC Your Paintings

 

Polish Troops in Scotland, Biggar, 1940 - Feliks Topolski (contd)

photo credit © City Art Centre: Edinburgh Museums and Galleries

 

Background

On the 17th September 1946, Lt-Gen S Maczek’s letter to the Lord Provost of Edinburgh offering a painting to Edinburgh Corporation was passed to the General Purpose Committee of the Town Council.  In his letter, General Maczek stated that when General Sikorski left the UK to tour the Middle East, he was killed on his way back.  It had been the intention of the General to offer to the city, this painting by Feliks Topolski.  In his letter, General Maczek said that it was offered in memory of General Sikorski and in gratitude for the kindness which the people of Scotland in general and of the City of Edinburgh in particular had shown to the Polish Forces during their stay here.  The Council agreed to accept the picture and on 10th December 1946, General Maczek, Commander of the 1st Polish Corps in Scotland, presented the painting to the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Sir John Falconer.

 

 

9

Hungry Steppe 1945, Kazakhstan, Russia

Feliks Kay-Krzewinski

1945

Oil on board, 36 x 30.5 cm

Collection: IWM (Imperial War Museums)

 

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Background

Research work by the author: to be completed

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo credit: © IWM (Imperial War Museums)

10

Polish Prisoners of War Marching to Siberia, Kazakhstan

Feliks Kay-Krzewinski

1940

Oil on panel, 25 x 34.8 cm

Collection: IWM (Imperial War Museums)

Accession number: IWM ART 15429

Gift from Mrs E. Kay-Krzewinski, 1982

 

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photo credit: © IWM (Imperial War Museums)

11

Monte Cassino and the Tent of the Military Police Headquarters

Feliks Kay-Krzewinski

1944

Oil on board, 33.7 x 44.8 cm

Collection: IWM (Imperial War Museums)

Accession number: IWM ART 15425

Gift from Mrs E. Kay-Krzewinski, 1982

 

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photo credit: © IWM (Imperial War Museums)

12

Monte Cassino One Month after the Battle

Feliks Kay-Krzewinski

1945

Oil on board, 30.2 x 40.7 cm

Collection: IWM (Imperial War Museums)

Accession number: IWM ART 15426

Gift from Mrs E. Kay-Krzewinski, 1982

 

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photo credit: © IWM (Imperial War Museums)

13

Sessano, Italy, 12 April 1944

Feliks Kay-Krzewinski

1944

Oil on panel, 24.7 x 34.4 cm

Collection: IWM (Imperial War Museums)

Accession number: IWM ART 15431

Gift from Mrs E. Kay-Krzewinski, 1982

 

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photo credit: © IWM (Imperial War Museums)

14

The Artist, Karakol, Kazakhstan, Russia

Feliks Kay-Krzewinski

1940

Oil on panel, 25 x 35.2 cm

Collection: IWM (Imperial War Museums)

Accession number: IWM ART 15430

Gift from Mrs E. Kay-Krzewinski, 1982

 

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photo credit: © IWM (Imperial War Museums)

15

Typhoid Victims, Lugowaja, South Kazakhstan

Feliks Kay-Krzewinski

1942

Oil on panel, 24.8 x 34.8 cm

Collection: IWM (Imperial War Museums)

Accession number: IWM ART 15428

Gift from Mrs E. Kay-Krzewinski, 1982

 

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photo credit: © IWM (Imperial War Museums)

16

Polish Cavalry Charge, 1939

Stanislaw Mikula

Oil on canvas, 91.4 x 117.5 cm

Collection: Atkinson Art Gallery Collection

Accession number: SOPAG:924

Gift from the artist, 1943

 

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Background

Research work by the author: to be completed

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo credit: © Atkinson Art Gallery Collection

17

General Bronislaw Regulski, CB

Henry Lamb, (MC) (RA)

1941

Oil on canvas,

Support: Height 1019 mm Support: Width 768 mm

Frame: Height 1175 mm Frame: Width 920 mm

Collection: IWM (Imperial War Museums)

© IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 4505)

 

Image: A three-quarter length, seated portrait of General Bronislaw Regulski in uniform, holding his cap on his lap. 

 

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Background

The General was Polish Military Attaché in Britain between 1940 and 1945.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo credit: © IWM (Imperial War Museums)

 

A. Continue to DETAILS OF PORTFOLIO NUMBER TWO (in progress)

 

B. Click to visit page on Collections held by Polish organizations  (in progress)

 

 

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Using databases such as the BBCs Your Paintings in partnership with the Public Catalogue Foundation and other sources, the above paintings by Polish artists were found to be in existence.

Researched and prepared by Robert  Ostrycharz © 2014

Modified: 19 Feb 2016