1909 - 2009

Hugh Collinson

Hugh Collinson was born at Ipswich on 24 June 1909, son of John Howard Collinson (12 January 1870-3 January 1960), secretary to a building society, and his wife Sarah Catherine née Penney (28 December 1869-12 November 1953), who married at Darlington on 25 June 1901. Hugh was educated at Ackworth Quaker school in York before studying art, firstly at Ipswich School of Art 1926-1929 under George Rushton and Leonard Squirrell and then at the Royal College of Art in London 1929-1932. An urban landscape painter and a member of Ipswich Art Club 1930-1938, who exhibited from 64 Westerfield Road, Ipswich seven pictures in 1932, including 'Denston Church', 'Chelsea Old Church', 'Old Shoreham, Sussex' and 'Orford Church, Suffolk', in 1933 from 128 Piccadilly, Bulwell, Nottingham, two works 'The Edge of the Fens, Swaffham Prior, Cambs.' and 'Derbyshire Farm' he also exhibited at Tibbenham's Art Gallery, Ipswich in 1943, 'The Green Road' and 'Wymondham Abbey' also exhibiting at the Royal Academy. His teaching career began in Nottingham, and he married at Friends Meeting House, St John's Street, Derby on 3 January 1934, fellow teacher Margaret Muriel Marsden (2 February 1910-9 November 2000), second daughter of Arthur Marsden of Hazelwood Road, Duffield. They then moved to Leicester where in 1939, an art teacher, living at 15 Plantation Avenue, Leicester, where as well as teaching at schools became Head of Teacher Training in Art and Art Adviser to the LEA and elected President of the National Society for Art Education. A member of the Leicester Society of Artists from 1935, taking part in sixty-one of their exhibitions and was elected an Honorary Member. Hugh Collinson died at Great Oxendon Residential Home, Kibworth, Leicestershire on 26 May 2009, one month short of his 100th birthday. He wrote ‘Child Art Grows Up’ with Kenneth Holmes and an 'Illustrated History of Leicester' with Colin Ellis and others.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 64 Westerfield Road, Ipswich
1931 1020 Demolition of No. 68 Pall Mall, 1930 - watercolour
from 19 Shirley Avenue, Leicester
1956 750 Norfolk Georgian: Downham Market - watercolour

Works by This Artist