KIDNER, Martin

1915 - 1984

Martin Kidner

Egerton Martin Kidner, was born at Wellington, New Zealand on 14 March 1915, eldest child of Alfred Egerton Kidner and his wife Frances Bertha née Hickson (1880-1971), his father, a consulting engineer, brought his family back to England that year. Known as Martin, he was educated at Enfield, Colchester Royal Grammar School and at Framlingham College, Suffolk then, after spending a year on farms at Colton, Norfolk, studied agriculture at Reading University. He married at St Germans, Cornwall in 1939, Ruth Hambly and decided to take up sisal-growing in Kenya. At the outbreak of the Second World War, he joined the European Reserve Officer's of the Nigerian Regiment and served in Africa, being awarded the Military Cross in 1941. Whilst serving in the army he took Percy Bradshaw's correspondence course in drawing and completed many wartime sketches. In 1946 he continued farming in Kenya and in 1959 submitted a portrait to the Pastel Society's annual show which won a favourable review, after which he has some formal art tuition from Sonia Mervyn (1893-1977). A figurative artist and exhibited with the East African Wildlife Society Headquarters, Nairobi and the Society of Wildlife Artists, with solo shows at the National Art Gallery and Museum, Botswana 1976, and La Perouse Gallery, Canberra, Austalia 1978 and 1980. He lived at 42 The Street, Brandeston near Framlingham in Suffolk where he died on 2 May 1984, he had four children. Kidner's son Oliver Kidner, was also an artist, both artists are illustrated in 'The Life and work of Martin Kidner' (1984).

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