Terry Pegg

 

“Under the Arches”, 19.5″ x 29.5″, oil on canvas by Terry Pegg

I wanted to share with you all a man of who I considered an inspiration to me, a gentleman who I’ve admired as a person and as an artist, Terry Pegg.

I first met Terry in 2006. I was a graduate from the University of Falmouth. I had just obtained my degree in Illustration and I got a job as a part-time barman at Daunceys hotel. I was 21 years old, tall and skinny with a Ronnie Wood haircut.

Terry’s wife Pauline used to come in to the hotel every morning and order a black coffee and sit by the window with a newspaper. Terry would come in for a cup of tea most weekends and some evenings to play chess with his friends.

After a couple of weeks working at the hotel, I got talking with him. I was intrigued by the way he spoke and acknowledged me. He took an interest in my qualification and what I had studied and told me that he works as…….an artist. I took a gasp of air and replied “wow”

At a young age, Terry had worked for his father at his printing company where they handled gold leaf engraving for company door signs and windows. Later on, his father sold the business and Terry went to work as a full-time artist.

Terry worked in his studio in Cheddar, the South West of England for over 20 years. A large touristy area would see his income strive as he would sell his oil paintings directly to the public and offer quick portrait sketches. One day, he told me that he had the pleasure of sketching the actor Robin Williams! He would also teach drawing and paintings to small groups in his studio and at the hotel.

These two original paintings from Terry hang proudly in my studio.

             

Untitled, 15.5″ x 19.5″, oil on canvas by Terry Pegg

Terry became a very good friend to us at the hotel, a great pool player and a person to look up to. A very wise man who had accomplished more than one can dream. Terry had made a career out of selling his paintings and teaching his craft and that inspired me from day one. I had absorbed every detail that he taught over the 7 years I knew him including visiting him at his studio, working with him at the hotel art groups and even helping him in his life-drawing classes.

“If I had seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

– Isaac Newton

Terry was in his early 80’s when I left the UK in 2013. He once said to me “Sean, when I’m gone, I’ll be at the studio up in the sky continuing my work”.

 

 

40 Comments

  1. Sean

    Terry wow so many good memories Terry and Pauline and you such working there miss it and you

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    • Sean Fear

      You too mate! Yes, we had great times. Hope you’re keeping well:D

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  2. Ruth

    Hi Sean I also went to Terry’s art classes at Cheddar and Weston and had some great memories.
    I ended up doing some life modelling for both classes,there were some really nice people
    in the groups and they made me feel quite relaxed.
    Sold some of my own artwork too mainly wildlife.

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    • Sean Fear

      Hi Ruth,

      Thank you for commenting, that’s wonderful to hear!

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    • Catherine

      We purchased a painting of Spanish dancers from Cheddar many years ago
      It hangs proudly in our living room

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      • Sean Fear

        Thank you for commenting! I would love to see a picture of it – all the best, Sean

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        • Sarah

          I also went to Terry’s art class at Daunceys years ago. Remember you there Sean.
          I have a beautiful painting of two dancers that Terry did. Was one of two.

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          • Sean Fear

            Hi Sarah – great to hear from you! I would love to see the painting if you could email it to me. Many thanks, Sean

  3. Colin Uttley

    I met Terry in cheddar in about 2000. I had a love of history and loved his history paintings and suggested some ideas for paintings he could do upon which he suggested commission me and I’ll paint one for you. I had to talk to my wife about it cause the cost was £900 for the proposed painting he would do. I was so excited at it I went back after a few minutes and said yes. After that I kept him painting continuously for about 3 years or so one after the other. In total 11 of his paintings are in my house now of different sizes all based on battlefield scenes from the wars of the roses. How is Terry these days ?

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    • Sean Fear

      Wow, that’s amazing to hear Colin! I haven’t heard from Terry for over 5 years now, I love abroad now. My Mum lives close to where his studio was (she recently told me it was closed) thank you for your comment, I’d love to see these paintings displayed on your house, he had a huge impact on me. Many thanks again 🙂

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    • Jason Pegg

      Hi Colin yes that sounds like my dad. Never one to miss a business opportunity, but an opportunity rooted in his love of painting and people. I know my dad loved painting those battle scenes – I’ve got a print of Edge Hill – i think you probably have the original?

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      • Colin Uttley

        Hi Jason, sorry its been a while since I commented and have only just read your comments. Edgehill isn’t one of my paintings, the biggest picture I have is The battle of Barnet. I also have the 2 generals, Kinng Edward VI and Earl of Warwick known as the King Maker. I also have the battles of Towton, Blore heath,, Tewkesbury and Second St Albans which are still quite large pictures. I love looking at the pictures even though I’ve had them for quite a while now. How is Terry these days?

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        • Colin Uttley

          I’ve just read further down the comments and found Terry has passed away. I’m very sorry for your loss. I have many happy thoughts of my time talking to your dad. Over time I spent a good few hours in his company and I enjoyed every minute.

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  4. Jacqueline Jolleys

    I knew Terry forty years ago when he lived near Coalville in Leicestershire. I have a number of his paintings from that period. As a commission he painted a girl seated at the piano for me. The other paintings are landscapes. I love the way he captures the light. He was very keen on incorporating nature, highland cattle or ducks in flight etc.

    Terry invented a board game during his time in Leicestershire.

    He moved from Hugglescote to Cheddar.

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    • Sean Fear

      Thank you so much for your comment! Yes, I remember very well what subjects he loved to paint! I’d love to see a photograph of these paintings. I remember him telling me about the game he invented, a cross between snooker and chess I. believe, ‘Roller’ something!

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    • John Gamble

      Hi Jacqueline, I was looking at a photo of Belvoir Road in Coalville earlier from around 50/60 yrs ago and one particular shop front bore the name of T A Pegg Decorator. I knew Terry from visiting his shop in Central Road Hugglescote to buy art supplies and am keen to have someone confirm that he was indeed a decorator in his earlier life.

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      • Sean Fear

        Hi John, thank you for your comment

        I’m not sure about being a decorator – I remember him telling me his Father was a sign writer who had a shop that specialised in gold leaf etc.

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      • Jason Pegg

        Hi John, yes my dad ran a decorating business, the Peggs had a large decorating firm in Coalville for many years. You’re right that shop would have been owned by my dad. Dad stopped decorating in the 60’s and became a full time artist up until he passed away. He did signwriting as well, a dying art, and lots of shops in Coalville would have had signs written by my dad. As you know he also had a gallery and an art material shop in Hugglescote, before moving his business to Weston where he met Sean!

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    • jason Pegg

      Hi Jacqueline, if you knew my dad forty years ago you probably knew me! I remember the picture you are talking about. You’re right about the game, as well as everything else my dad loved inventing games, this particular one was called rota snooker and there was a puzzle version called Pot The Lot! He sold the idea to M&B Games who made it into something called Robinson Roulette – here’s the link if you are interested https://www.jaapsch.net/puzzles/robinson.htm
      Dad always said it was better than the Rubiks Cube, but we didn’t make as much money!

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  5. Jason Pegg

    Dear Sean, I was searching the internet late one night trying to track down my dad’s original painting of the Battle of Bosworth when I came across your memories of my father. It was incredibly moving to read your words about my dad because he has finally gone to his studio in the sky. Terry’s body may have finally given out at 90 years of age in May 2020 but from reading your thoughts about him, and the responses from everyone else who knew him and his work, it’s clear that his spirit and art remain, inspiring us all.

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    • Sean Fear

      Hi Jason,

      I am very sorry to hear that, it was only yesterday I learnt that Terry had passed away as we had lost touch over the years. Terry touched the lives of many, including mine and I’m so lucky to have met him. It’s not everyday you meet special people like Terry and I will carry the memories I have of him for the rest of my life. Thank you so much for getting in touch Jason, I hope you and your family are well.

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  6. Pauline Pegg

    Hi. Sean.and your lovely girl friend who by now must be your wife, it’s a lot of years since we last saw you both Jason is with me today that is why I am able to send you this email. I think about the days at daunceys Now that I am on my own I spend all my time on my iPad with books and puzzles and watching tennis favourite player Tsitsipas of course, all my love
    Pauline x

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    • Sean Fear

      Hi Pauline,

      It’s so good to hear from you! I hope you’re keeping well! We’re keeping happy here in Greece, working hard and yes, I know the tennis player, he’s great. I often think about the Dauncey’s days too and I miss them. Technology has evolved nicely over the years, I’m glad it’s a part of your life. I am currently working on a small project dedicated to Terry which will hopefully be ready in the next few weeks. Lovely to hear from you, stay well! Sean xx

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  7. Jason Pegg

    Hi Colin, thank you for your memories of my dad, i hope you continue to enjoy looking at his paintings and remembering talking to him, no doubt about art and war!

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    • Colin Uttley

      Hi Jason, If you’re ever in my area and would like to see your dad’s paintings you’re more than welcome. I have 12 battle scenes and 2 portraits. If I remember right you made a site on the Internet some years ago with a sample of some paintings of your
      dad’s on it. Your dad told me amongst your favourites on that site was my Battle of Barnet which had a character in armour trying to reach his horse to get away.

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  8. Jason Pegg

    Hi Colin, thanks for the offer, you probably have the largest collection of paintings by my dad in the country!
    The Battle of Barnet was certainly a great painting with a human element to it amidst the tide of battle.

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  9. Katie Heslop

    Hi Sean, how wonderful to find your site and read about the lovely Terry! He totally inspired me too. I have one of his paintings hanging in my bedroom, the only one in my house not painted by myself. When I have guests I always show it and tell the story about how Terry taught me all about painting. His classes in Cheddar were brilliant! Now I sell my paintings too, and sometimes teach at our local art club. Always reiterating what Terry used to say, “ make those darks darker, then you will see the light “!!!

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    • Sean Fear

      Hi Katie,

      Thanks so much for your comment! I remember Terry telling me about the those darks too and it’s been with me ever since. Really glad to hear that you’re still painting, would love to see your work if you can send me a link etc. Also, I’d love to see Terry’s painting too 🙂 Thanks again

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  10. Sharon

    Hi all, my father in law used to visit terry when he lived in Coalville, not sure if it was in business or to fix cars, my father in law was a motor mechanic, he acquired 2 of terrys painting, which my husband and I now own as his mother and father have both passed, they both are landscapes and hang in our lounge

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    • Sean Fear

      Hi Sharon,

      Thanks so much for commenting! I imagine the paintings look lovely, are they large ones?

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  11. Robert Baker (Bob)

    Hi
    My name is Bob my wife’s is Cynthia, I first met Terry in January 1962.
    I worked in the local butchers shop (E Coxon & sons) right across the road from Terry’s shop.

    We were good friends for many years, we used to play a lot of chess and I remember one of the board games he developed and would play it for hours refining it as we played even making the pieces.

    I’m really sad at learning of his passing I have only just found out, it’s good to know Pauline is still with us please can you pass on my best regards.
    It’s strange how you suddenly miss someone you have lost touch with after so many years. 60 years since we first met, rest in peace Terry, my memories are treasured.

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  12. Lee Robinson

    I am so sad to hear that my uncle terry has passed away. I lost touch with terry and Pauline a long while ago. Terry taught me to fish as a young boy. He bought me my first rod. He was one of the most kind and gentle people I have ever known. Jason you and I are cousins.

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    • Sean Fear

      Hi Lee, that’s lovely to hear, thank you for sharing!

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  13. Jay and Danie

    Terry painted a horse racing picture for myself as at the time I worked for JP McManus and he sketched a pencil portrait of my wife Danie…we are very proud to have these… it is with great sadness we receive the news of Terrys passing ❤️

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    • Sean Fear

      Thank you for sharing this with us, jay!

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  14. Barry Wilkins

    Hello, Very sad to hear about the passing of Mr.Pegg, my condolences to his family, I live in Hugglescote and remember his studio on Central Rd. I very often went in of looked through the window and I purchased a painting of fruit, a wine bottle and jug. It has been in my loft for a number of years but after having the interior redecorated have decided to re hang it.

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    • Sean Fear

      Hi there, thanks for your comment! Would love to see a picture of the artwork. Many thanks

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      • Barry Wilkins

        Hello, how do I leave a copy of the painting.

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        • Sean Fear

          Hi there! Please can you use the contact form as a simple email, I will then reply and then you can send me the file(s)

          Many thanks!

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          • Barry Wilkins

            Reply to your request (above)

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