Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 8

Original Watercolor 'Tim Birkin at Brooklands, 1932' by Roy Nockolds (1911-1979)



A wonderful period watercolor and charcoal on paper depicting Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin in the pits at Brooklands, preparing to start the BARC Meeting in his 'Blower' Bentley. Birkin is seen in his customary attire of dark blue shirt, proudly sporting his British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC) badge, pulling on his gloves. Other Brooklands personalities are gathered around him, the centrepiece of the picture being the striking, bright red single-seat Bentley 4 ½-litre ‘Blower’, known as the ‘Outer Circuit’ car after Birkin smashed the lap record in the car, averaging 137.96 mph. In the background can be seen a Bugatti Type 51, possibly that of Earl Howe, co-founder and President of the BRDC, who won the Le Mans 24-hour race that year with Tim Birkin in his Alfa-Romeo. Nockolds (1911-1979) was a talented artist, who really hit his stride by 1932, even at his young age. A Brooklands devotee, and friendly with Birkin and other racing drivers of the time, he had his first solo exhibition in Chelsea in 1934. His pre-war paintings such as this work are highly detailed and established him as the equal of Frederick Gordon Crosby and Bryan de Grineau. Signed by the artist lower left, and framed with a double thick mount, gold leaf frame and glazed.


  • Creator
    Roy Nockolds (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 18.9 in. (48 cm)Width: 20.87 in. (53 cm)Depth: 0.79 in. (2 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. The watercolour has been conservation framed with an acid-free mount with a gilded bevel. The frame is of plain section, in yellow gold leaf.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 66381stDibs: LU868018789662

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity.
    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more
About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in London, United Kingdom
Vetted Seller
Our team of world-class specialists approve every seller on 1stDibs.
Established in 1998
1stDibs seller since 2009
27 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 22 hours
20th Century Specialists
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Fritz Pfeiffer "Sevilla" Original Watercolor, circa 1932
By Fritz Pfeiffer
Located in San Francisco, CA

Early 20th Century American Other



Boat Lost at Dusk Watercolor Signed Shelly Shepperd, 1979
Located in Pasadena, CA

Vintage 1970s American


Paint, Paper

David Mode Payne "Column of Phocas" Original Watercolor, circa 1932
By David Payne
Located in San Francisco, CA

Early 20th Century Italian



Modern '1979' "Pawnee" Watercolor Painting by Don Troiani
By Don Troiani
Located in Plymouth, MA

Vintage 1970s American



Original Watercolor
Located in Chicago, IL

Vintage 1950s American

1932 Original Oil on Canvas Painting by, Marion Morgan
By Marion Morgan
Located in West Palm Beach, FL

Mid-20th Century American


Canvas, Wood, Paint

Original Watercolor by Angelo Testa, 1978
By Angelo Testa
Located in Chicago, IL

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern


Aluminum, Wood, Paint

Large, Original, 1979, Paul Jenkins Painting
By Paul Jenkins
Located in Newport Beach, CA

Vintage 1970s North American


Canvas, Acrylic

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery