WARD, Archibald

1884 - 1965

Archibald Ward

Archibald Ward was born at Nottingham on 13 July 1884, son of William Ward (born 1859), a gardener & nurseryman, and his wife Ellen née Eley (born 1863). In 1901, Archibald was living at 18 Sycamore Terrace, Bootham, York with his parents, 40-year-old William, then a commercial traveller in horticultural sundries, and 38-year-old Ellen, and siblings Harold (born 1886) and Daisy (born 1888), both born in Nottingham. In 1911, Archibald was a 26-year-old art student, boarding at 9 Oakley Street, Chelsea, London whilst he studied at the Royal College of Art where he was five times winner of the 'King's Prize', gaining his diploma in 1912. He married at Brentford, Middlesex in 1915, Beatrice Hilda Fowler (21 May 1893-24 April 1983) when vice-president of Portsmouth School of Art. Principal of the School of Art at Gloucester and on 1 January 1929, taking up a similar position at Ipswich from where he retired in 1948. An Associate of the Royal College of Arts and a watercolour landscape painter and a member of Ipswich Art Club from 1929 until his death, being vice-president from 1945 and exhibiting from 27 Gainsborough Road, Ipswich in 1932 four works, watercolours 'Abel Fletcher's Mill, Tewkesbury', two entitled 'The Docks, Ipswich' and an etching with the same title, in 1935 five works 'Cromer', 'The Docks, Ipswich', 'Walberswick', 'Barn Interior' and 'The Bridges, East Runton' and in 1937 three watercolours 'A Norfolk Barn', 'Kersey, Suffolk' and 'The Docks, Ipswich' and was a regular annual exhibitor including in 1943 three oils 'Suffolk Farmland', 'Ipswich Docks' and 'At Butley Woods', in 1944 'A Suffolk Mill', 'Vapour Trails' and 'Bomb Damage' and at the centenary exhibition of the Club in 1974 his etching 'Monastery of Osservanza' was on show. He also exhibited at the Royal Academy also showing at the Royal West of England Academy. In 1939, principal of a School of Arts & Crafts, still living at 27 Gainsborough Road, Ipswich with his wife Beatrice. Archibald Ward was of 27 Gainsborough Road, Ipswich when he died at the Ipswich and East Suffolk Hospital on 30 December 1965, aged 81. He signed his works 'A. Ward' disjointed.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 26 Paulton Square, Chelsea
1913 Monastery of Osservanza, Siena
from 116 Festing Grove, Southsea, Hampshire
1916 By Fontebranda, Siena, Italy
from 27 Gainsborough Road, Ipswich
1935 844 The Docks, Ipswich

Works by This Artist