Alma Claude Burlton Cull 1880-1931

Alma Claude Burton Cull was a portrayer of the ships and the work of the Royal Navy. He lived in Hampshire and after his death his widow put most of his oil paintings into storage in Portsmouth. These were unfortunately destroyed by enemy bombs during the Second World War. He exhibited between the years of 1906 and 1927, mainly at the Alpine Club Gallery but also at the Walker Art Gallery, the London Salon, the Royal Academy and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours.


After his widows death in 1954, the National Maritime Museum purchased from her estate the remaining two oils, one of the eve of the Coronation Review of 1911 and the other of the First Battle Cruiser Squadron about 1914, as well as seventy watercolours. From another source the Museum holds an oil of King Edward VII class battleships at sea. 

Alma's paintings were exhibited at the Royal Academy. Moreover, some of his works were also exhibited at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, the Walker Art Gallery, and the London Salon. After cull retired, he lived at Lee-on-the-Solent in Hampshire; his widow carried on to live thereafter 1931. For protection and safekeeping, she stored his unsold paintings in his studio in Old Portsmouth, where enemy bombs destroyed these paintings in 1940 during the Second World War. However, some of his art is still exhibited at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.


Alma is believed to have remained the colleague of the prolific William Lionel Wyllie RA. Alma's portraits are much rarer than Wyllie's and are considered to be on a par with Wyllie's. King Edward VII commissioned a handful of Alma's paintings. His works are sought after, and they have only occasional appearances at auctions. Alma was best acknowledged for his pictures of British warships, who creatively painted several for Edward VII. He got a chance and traveled with the Navy. Alma was lucky enough to have visited Burma (which was then part of the British Empire) more than once in the 1920s. It was believed that atmospheric, silvery watercolor had a dreamy quality that Alma would visit and paint whenever he had to.


A stellar and mesmerizing watercolour art was made by Alma Claude Burlton Cull, which has held high importance in many art galleries. Painted in 1922, given work was a rare example of his exceptional artistic work.


With the vibrant settings of misty purple and steeply ascending Hills, one could imagine being on a Scottish Loch or feeling his existence on a Caribbean island - with the deceptive distance assisted by an exquisitely painted small yacht in the foreground. Works by A B Cull are now very hard to find on the open market.