WARD, Thomas William

1918 - 2000

Thomas William Ward, was born at Sheffield, Yorkshire on 8 November 1918, son of John Bertie Ward, a printer compositor, and his wife Lillie Brenda née Hunt, who married at Sheffield in 1905. 'Bill' Ward served at sea in the late 1930s, during which time he studied art at Buenos Aires, but studied part-time with Eric Jones at Sheffield 1937-1939. After service during the Second World War, Bill continued his studies at the Royal College of Art 1946-1950, winning a silver medal in 1949. He married at Kensington, London in 1949, sculptor Joan Palmer [Ward q.v.]. He taught at Harrow College of High Education 1950-1980, finallly as principal lecturer, retiring to Suffolk in 1980. Elected a member of the Royal Society of Painter Etchers in 1953 and the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour in 1957. Included in 'A Survey of Influential East Anglian Artists' at Chappel Galleries, Essex in 1995 and had a solo exhibition there in the same year. He also exhibited at public galleries in Liverpool, Shipley, Middlesbrough and Wakefield. President of the Ipswich Art Club 1986-1992 and was a regular exhibitor from Hollydene, Ipswich Road, Holbrook, Ipswich including in 1990, four works 'Holy Island Refuge', 'Waiting for the Spring Tide', 'The Ghost of Margaret Catchpole' and 'Speedwell' and was also a founding member of the Suffolk Group. He also illustrated a number of sailing books including the 'Merchant Sailing Ships' series and produced 'Perspective and Composition' 1988. He died at Holbrook on 1 August 2000.

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