ALLEN, Basil Elsden

1886 - 1946

Basil Elsden Allen was born at Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk on 21 October 1886, son of George William Allen and his wife Emily Jane née Chandler, who married at Bury St Edmund's in 1885. Basil was educated at Ascham School and at Northgate Grammar School, Ipswich. A designer and craftsman in metals and was head of design at the Birmingham School of Art and of the metal department at the Royal College of Art in London. He exhibited at the Royal Academy; Paris Salon; the Walker Art Gallery and elsewhere. His principal works were the King Gold Cup for Ascot, Loving Cup for Art Club, Rugby Challenge Cup for Cambridge University and Arms for the Indian Princes at Delhi. He married at St Botolph's Colchester, Essex on 23 November 1915, Dorothy Hope Clarke and they had one son, the couple divorced in 1930 and he married secondly at Kensington in 1932, Margaret Sutton Powell. Basil Elsden Allen was of 107 Cambridge Gardens, Notting Hill, London when he died at St Charles Hospital, Kensington, London on 19 January 1946.