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Art Competitions at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Mixed Painting, Graphic Arts

Art Competitions at the 1948 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Date Started: July 29, 1948
Date Finished: August 14, 1948

Gold: FRA Albert Decaris
Silver: GBR John Copley
Bronze: RSA Walter Battiss


After no medals were awarded in 1936, the graphic arts event was held for the fourth and last time. Winner was [Albert Decaris], a well-known graphic artist in France, where he designed stamps and illustrated art books among others. His wood engraving on copper “Swimming Pool” was given first prize. The artist ranking second, [John Copley] is the oldest ever Olympic medallist at 73, outranking [Oscar Swahn] by a year. He competed along with his wife [Ethel Gabain], with whom he had a son Peter, who became a stage and television actor. Third prize winner [Walter Battiss] is considered to be one of the most important abstract artists from South Africa. He is best known for his imaginary and utopian “island” Fook Island, for which he even carried a driver’s license and passport.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal Title
1 Albert Decaris 47 France FRA Gold Swimming Pool
2 John Copley 73 Great Britain GBR Silver Polo
3 Walter Battiss 42 South Africa RSA Bronze Seaside Sport
HM Laura Knight 70 Great Britain GBR Boxing II
HM Adam Marczyński 39 Poland POL Set of 8 Ink sketches of athletes
HM Gino De Finetti 71 Italy ITA Fencing "Spada"
HM Chen Hsiao-Nan 40 China CHN Riding
HM John Skeaping 47 Great Britain GBR Saddling Up
AC Gwen Raverat 62 Great Britain GBR Bowls (Woodcut)
AC Lilla Hellesen 45 Norway NOR Dancing on Ice (Lithograph)
AC Andrzej Jurkiewicz 41 Poland POL Jump (Etching)
AC Delmar Banner 52 Great Britain GBR The Wrestlers (Woodcut)
AC André Dunoyer de Segonzac 64 France FRA Start of the 100 metres (Etching)
AC Flora Vere O'Brien Ireland IRL The Hurlers (Lino cut)
AC Hans Erni 39 Switzerland SUI "Pindare Olympiques" With 10 etchings
AC Heinrich Krause 63 Austria AUT Boxer (Bronze)
AC James Bostock 31 Great Britain GBR Sport on the Common (Wood engraving)
AC John Buckland-Wright 50 Great Britain GBR Combat (Etching)
AC Livinius van de Bundt 39 Netherlands NED Wrestling Match (Lithograph)
AC Luc Albert Moreau 65 France FRA Boxer Covering his Face (Lithograph)
AC William Washington Great Britain GBR The Cricket Bat Maker (Engraving)
AC Winifred Austen 72 Great Britain GBR Mallards in the Creek (Etching)
AC Luigi Bartolini 56 Italy ITA The Cyclist (Etching)
AC Frederick Austin 46 Great Britain GBR Rugby (Etching)
AC Anthony Gross 43 Great Britain GBR Burgundy Canal; Fishing (Etching)
AC Luigi Bartolini 56 Italy ITA The Fisherman (Etching)