GREEN, John Kenneth

1905 - 1986

John Kenneth Green, was born at Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire on 25 February 1905, second child and eldest son of John Hazel Green, bank clerk, and his wife Murrulia Anne Caroline Luard née MacPherson, who married at Marylebone, London in 1902. In 1911, a 6 year old, living at Lock's Hill, South Street, Rochford, Essex with his parents 56 year old John, from Ilford, Essex and 31 year old Murrulia, from Sydney, New South Wales and his four siblings, Daphne Murlo 8, Angela Mary Alice 3, Michael Robert 3 all born at Hoddesdon and newly born daughter Jone Betty, born Rochford but shortly afterwards they moved to Suffolk where young John spent his childhood. A friend and pupil of local landscape artist Harry Becker [q.v.] who, at his death, left Green some of his paintings. Educated at Christ's Hospital School, Ipswich and studied at Slade School of Fine Art 1922-1924, with a Slade Scholarship in 1923, under Henry Tonks (1862-1937). As a student was commissioned to paint a portrait at Cambridge University which led to others commissions including composer Benjamin Britten, poet Cecil Day Lewis and actress Sybil Thorndike. A portrait and landscape painter and a wood-cut artist and had his first solo show at Arlington Galleries in 1928 and in the early 30s visited America where he exhibited at Feragil Galleries, New York in 1934. He also exhibited at National Society of Painter from 1946; New English Art Club; Royal Society of Portrait Painters; Royal Academy 1925-1957, and the Royal Society of British Artists, 1925-1940, from Southwold, Suffolk 1925, Redcliffe Road, London 1928 and Crowthorne, Buckinghamshire 1937. He also had exhibitions at Helsinki, Cairo and Geneva. In 1939, married and director of Art at Wellington College, living at The Red House, Devils Highway, Crowthorne, Wokingham and worked at Wellington College 1938-1945, and whilst there designed scenery and costumes for Sadler Wells productions of Mozart's 'Cosi Fan Tutte' 1944 and Britten's 'Peter Grimes' 1945. He died at Sutton Hospital in Charterhouse, London E.C.1, on 13 May 1986.

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