Edward Ardizzone RA

Mention of Ardizzone in the Comments section yesterday reminded me of Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain which I was given for Christmas when I was, I guess, six.   I assumed it was newly published, but it actually first came out in 1936.   Born in Tonkin – now Haiphong – in Vietnam in 1900, he was brought up in Ipswich, worked as a clerk for the Eastern Telegraph Company, and attended evening classes at the Westminster School of Art before becoming a full-time artist in 1926.   He served as a war artist, lived in Maida Vale and 5, Vine Cottages, Rodmersham Green in Kent, was elected an ARA in 1962 and an RA in 1970.   We don’t seem to have a diploma work, just a large collection of his illustrated books.


7 thoughts on “Edward Ardizzone RA

  1. Susie Blundell says:

    Being a boy you most likely did not read Gillian Avery’s books – my favourite was the The Warden’s Niece. I just wondered if any of the illustrated books went on display.

  2. Alan Powers says:

    A friend just told me about this blog chain. The House of Illustration is holding an Ardizzone exhibition in September and I am writing a book on him for Lund Humphries. It has been a marvellous experience tracking down his friends and family and piecing together the story of his life. If anybody knows of original letters in private hands or the location of his paintings, especially the earlier ones, do let me know – Alan Powers alanpowers@icloud.com

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