Gaunt (1900-1980) was a well-known painter of landscapes and urban
scenes, especially of London, and an art critic and author.
He was born in Hull and after graduation from Oxford he studied art at
Westminster School of Art under Walter Bayes and Bernard Meninsky
1924-25. Gaunt exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1937-45
and also showed at the Redfern Gallery and the Leicester
Galleries. During World War II he served as an official war
artist and painted the extensive air raid damage to London. A
retrospective show was held in 1975, organised by Michael Parkin, which
visited The Minories in Colchester, the University of Hull, and finally
it was shown in Michael Parkin’s gallery in Motcomb Street, London
SW1. William Gaunt lived in London for many years.