1924 - 2010

Derek Benney

Derek Ward Sallis Benney, was born at Salisbury, Wiltshire on 31 May 1924, son of Ernest Alfred Sallis Benney (1894-1966), who became head of Hull Art School and later Principal of Brighton School of Art, and his wife Aileen Mary née Ward (1898-1975), who married at Northwich, Cheshire in 1923. Derek was educated at Brighton and Hove, Sussex Grammar School and studied at Brighton College of Art and at the Royal College of Art in 1947 under Dorothy Mahoney (1902-1984)and Irene Wellington (1904-1984). Derek was elected to Craft Membership of the Society of Scribes and Illuminator in 1953, and served as Chairman from 1985 to 1988. In 1961 he moved to Prestatyn as head of the Flintshire School of Art, and in 1966 to Suffolk where for 18 years was the Principal of Ipswich School of Art. Derek specialised in Honorary Freedom scrolls and amongst his more significant early commissioned works was a volume of the RAF Book of Remembrance, St Clement Danes Church, London. There is memorial work by him in Sainsbury's, Streatham Common, London and at the museum of the Royal Surrey Regiment in Clandon Park, Guildford. His calligraphy was perhaps overlooked in the light of his superb draughtshmanship, and for 40 years he exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer exhibition. He lived at 30 Kingsfield, Avenue, Ipswich and died on 5 February 2010.

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