ORDE, Cuthbert Julian

1888 - 1968

Cuthbert Orde

Born at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on 18 December 1888, son of Sir Julian Walter Orde (1861-1929) and his wife Alice Georgiana née Archdale (1862-1945), who married at Hitchin, Hertfordshire in 1885. Educated at Framlingham College, Suffolk 1902-1907. Secretary of the Automobile Car Club of Britain and Ireland (which became the Royal Automobile Club). In response to the Motor Car Act 1903 raising the speed limit to 20 mph, in 1904 he went to the Isle of Man where, with permission of his cousin the Governor, started the TT races and was also an early member of the Royal Aero Club. Throughout his life he identified himself as an artist and in the early 1920s had a studio in Paris. In his book 'Pilots Of Fighter Command: Sixty Four Portraits' Orde wrote an essay explaining the circumstances of his portraits of World War II pilots. Having been hired to produce illustrations of bomber stations in the summer of 1940, Air Commodore Harald Peake from the Air Ministry saw some of Orde’s drawings was impressed by his portraiture. It was the height of the Battle of Britain and public attention was focused on the fighter pilots. Peake asked Orde to make a large number of portraits of them, Orde enthusiastically agreed, and at the start of September set off to work. A portrait, landscape and still life painter who exhibited at the Alpine Club Gallery, Chenil and New Chenil Gallery, Goupil Gallery, Liverpool Walker Art Gallery, Royal Academy, Royal Instititute of Painters in Water Colours, Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Paris Salon between 1921 and 1961 from London. He married in London in 1916, Lady Eileen Wellesley (1887-1952), daughter of Arthur Wellesley, 4th Duke of Wellington, and they had two daughters, and secondly at London in 1953, Alexandra Dalziel (1907-1997). An inaugural painter-member of the Society of Aviation Artists, formed in 1955, he died in London on 19 December 1968.

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