LUDOVICI, Anthony Mario

1882 - 1971

Anthony Ludovici

Anthony Mario Ludovici, was born in London on 8 January 1882, son of Albert Ludovici (1852-1932), an artist, and his wife Marie née Cals, his grandfather, another Albert (1820-1894) was also a painter. Educated privately in England and abroad and began lecturing on art, politics, religion and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), spending several years in Germany becoming fluent in several languages. He was the author of 'Who is to be Master of the World?: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche' (1909) and 'Nietzsche: His Life and His Works' (1910) and it marked a change in Ludovici's writing to a more overt political line. During the First World War he served as an artillery officer at Armentières and the Somme and was in the intelligence staff at the War Office which for his services was awarded the Order of the British Empire. Ludovici began his career as an artist, painting and illustrating books and was a member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle from London 1904-1905, before becoming private secretary to sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). He married at Kensington, London on 20 March 1920, Elsie Finnimore Buckley (1 August 1882-6 June 1959). He turned to writing, with over 40 books as author, and translating over 60 others writing on subjects including art, metaphysics, politics, economics, religion, the differences between the sexes, race and eugenics. In 1939, an author, living at 4 Highfield Hill, Croydon, Surrey with his wife Elsie and two others and was a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1944-1971 and exhibited from The Homestead, Rishangles, near Eye, Suffolk in 1944, four works 'Cat's Corner, Rishangles', 'Beau Ideal of Harling', 'Sam and Check' and 'Yew Tree Cottage, Bedingfield' and in 1948 three watercolours 'A Suffolk Homestead', 'Master David Gundrey' and 'Miss Jean Chittock' and in 1950 another watercolour 'The Butcher Calls'. After the Second World War he exhibited watercolours from the same address, in 1955 'Feeding Time', in 1956 'Master Thatcher at Work' and his last was from 104 Westbourne Road, Ipswich in 1960 three when he had on show three watercolours 'Concentration', 'Leisure Hours' and 'Flowers'. He died at 78 Cadogon Place, Chelsea, London on 3 April 1971.