BADMIN, Stanley Roy

1906 - 1989

Stanley Badmin

As Stanley Roy Badman, he was born at 33 Girton Road, Lewisham, London on 18 April 1906, second son of Charles James Badman (26 April 1877-1951), an art teacher, and his wife Maggie [Margaret] née Raine (7 May 1879-1950), who married at Barnstaple, Devon in 1903 and in 1939 were living at 40 Thorpewood Avenue, Lewisham. In 1911, a 4 year old, living at Lewisham with his parents, 33 year old Charles and 31 year old Maggie, with two sibling brothers, Alan Charles 6 and Eric 1, both born at Sydenham. Stanley studied at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts and at the Royal College of Art, London and at the age of 26, was one of the youngest associate members of the Royal Watercolour Society. He seems to have changed his name to Badmin and as S. R. Badmin, in 1933 exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club from 15 Mill Street, London W.1. two etchings 'Burford' and 'Swinbrook Bridge'. During the 1930s, Badmin received commissions for magazine illustration, producing his first book illustrations in 1937 in Clifford Bax's 'Highways and Byways of Essex' and was the author of three books for Puffin, including in 1943 'Trees in Britain'. During the Second World War, Badmin worked for the Ministry of Information before enlisting in the Royal Air Force and after demobilisation taught at a number of art schools in London, including at the Central School of Art in the 1950s. He married twice, firstly in 1925, Margaret G. Colbourn and secondly in 1950, Rosaline E. Flew. He died at Streamfield Bignor, Pulborough, West Sussex on 28 April 1989. A major retrospective exhibition of his work was held in 1985 to coincide with the publication of his biography.

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