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John Ward (1917-)

Painter, draughtsman, illustrator and teacher, born inHereford. He studied at the School of Art there, 1933-6, then at Royal College of Art, 1336-9, gaining a drawing prize an in 1947 a travelling scholarship. During World War II Ward served in the Army. Between 1948-52 he was under contract to Vogue magazine, combining this with part-time teaching at Wimbledon School of Art. From then on Ward consolidated his reputation as a portrait painter and as a book illustrator. Among his exemplary book illustrations were those for Laurie Lee’s Cider with Rosie, 1959, and H E Bate’s Autobiography, 1969-72. Ward painted a number of figure groups; elegant portraits, especially of beautiful young women; and produced notable architectural and landscape watercolours. Showed with Maas Gallery and had a retrospective at Agnew in 1990. Sir Jack Baer and The Fine Art Society organised John Ward at Caffé Florian in 2002. Elected RA, 965. HM The Queen, National Portrait Gallery and RA hold his work. The artists Toby, Celia and Charlotte Ward were his children. He lived at Bilting, near Ashford, Kent.


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