Rodrigo Moynihan RA
In his early forties Moynihan (1910-1990) emerged as one of the best known and most talented painters in Britain. His small landscapes, still lifes and figure compositions were much admired. Moynihan was the Professor of Painting at the Royal College of Art when Coker was a student there, 1950-54, during which years Coker won both the Royal and the British Institution scholarships. Moynihan recognised Coker’s ability and asked him to help him in his studio, firstly with two portraits and then with a major group painting, The Editors of Penguin Books (1955). Coker undoubtedly benefited from working together with such a distinguished figure.