UDEN, Ernest Boye

1911 - 1986

Ernest Uden, was born at 116 Queens Road, Peckham, London on 8 July 1911, son of Ernest Uden (6 March 1879-15 February 1940), an undertaker's shop manager and later a commercial artist, and his wife Edith Mary née Jezzard (born 1 May 1880), who married at Faversham, Kent in 1903 and in 1939, were living at 22 Blendon Drive, Bexley, Kent. During his lifetime, young Ernest took Boye as a middle name, probably to avoid confusion with his father, who had also taken up as an artist. Educated at Aske's Hatcham College, New Cross, London and studied at Camberwell and Goldsmiths' Schools of Art. He married at Greenwich, London in 1939, Mildred Frances Hildea (6 February 1912-1985) and had two daughters, Hilary (born 1942) and Josephine (born 1946). In 1939, a commercial artist, living at 2 The Paragon, Greenwich, London with his wife Mildred, who was also a commercial artist, and during 1941-1945 was official artist with the National Fire Service, his resulting work being illustrated in 'War Pictures by British Artists' (1943). He went on to teach at Reigate School of Art and established himself as a successful artist, illustrator, and watercolour painter being commissioned to produce work for a number of well-known companies, including British Gas, Daimler, Bass, Dunlop, Ferguson Tractors, ICI and the Radio Times. As a painter and commercial artist, he exhibited from the early 1930s from Bourne Grange Farm, Hadlow, Tonbridge, Kent, at the Royal Academy; Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour; New English Art Club and abroad. He and his wife moved to Kingsbury Cottage, Upper Road, Little Cornard, Sudbury, Suffolk where they both died, Mildred in 1985, and Ernest on 22 June the following year 1986.

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