GRAY, Frederick

1911 - 1960

Frederick Peter Gray was born at 37 Salisbury Avenue, Colchester, Essex on 26 July 1911, second son of Arthur Thomas Gray (1872-23 December 1934), an engineer cost clerk, and his wife Rose Elizabeth née Delf (1 October 1879-29 May 1972), who married at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk in 1904. Frederick studied at the Royal College of Art under William Rothenstein (1872-1945) and was a painter and designer of jewellery for television and films. An Associate of the Royal Cambrian Academy of Art and a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1937-1944 and exhibited from 57 Heath Road, Ipswich in 1937 three oil paintings, 'Catherine', 'March 37' and 'Dockers' and a watercolour 'Harbour's Mouth, Yare' and in 1938 exhibited from 18 Ashmere Grove, Ipswich two oils, 'Still Life with Lantern' and 'Felixstowe'. He taught for a time at the Hammersmith College of Art and married at Westminster, London in 1936, Mary Lois Emily Selby (20 April 1916-4 February 1989) and in 1939 was a secondary school master living at 57 Heath Road, Ipswich with his wife Mary Lois, their son Michael Selby Gray (17 January 1939-2005) and Frederick's widowed mother Rose. Frederick took part in the Pilgrim Trust 'Recording Britain' project and latterly lived at Ealing, London. Frederick Peter Gray was of 4 Liverpool Road, Ealing when he died at Hammersmith Hospital, London on 25 September 1960, being survived by his widow.