Claude Muncaster (1903-1974)
Marine and landscape painter in oils and watercolour, particularly of topographical subjects; also lecturer and writer. Born 4 July 1903 at West Chiltington, Sussex, son of Oliver Hall, R.A.; first exhibited as Grahame Hall but, from 1923, as Claude Muncaster, changing his name by deed-poll 1945. Exhibited at the R.A. from 1921. First one-man show at the Fine Art Society 1926. A.R.W.S. 1931, R.W.S. 1936; S.M.A. 1939, P.S.M.A. 1958; R.B.A. 1944; R.O.I. 1948. Served in the R.N.V.R. 1940–4, advising on camouflage. Commissioned to do a series of watercolours of royal residences 1946–7. Publications include Rolling Round the Horn 1933 and Landscape and Marine Painting 1958.