WARD, Frank Clifford

1914 - 1998

Frank Ward

Born at Stradbroke, Suffolk on 5 March 1914, fourth of nine children of George Rowell Ward, an elder of the local Baptist chapel and the local grocer, and his wife Daisy Marian Miller née Carter. His parents were sympathetic when he wanted to be an artist and his father took him to see William Oliphant Hutchison [q.v.], who had a house at nearby Letheringham. Hutchison encouraged Frank to continue as an artist and, having won an East Suffolk scholarship, attended Ipswich Art School 1931-1933 under the tuition of Archibald Ward [q.v.], Alan Waddington Bellis [q.v.] and Leonard Squirrell [q.v.] and proving an outstanding student, then studied at the Royal College of Art 1933-1936. Frank and Kathleen Walne [q.v.], another student at Ipswich Art School, would take day trips to London on the Grey-Green coach to see exhibitions, they were married in 1938 and the following year living at 23 William Road, Ashford, Kent with his wife Kathleen. In the same year he joined the staff of a boy's grammar school, Wilson's School, Camberwell. A portrait draughtsman and painter but a reluctant exhibitor, who lacked the career promotion of a single gallery. He exhibited from 3 Oakley Studios, Upper Cheyne Row, London at the Royal Academy in 1940 also showing at the New English Art Club, Cooling and Chenil Galleries, and latterly with his wife at Compendium 2 Gallery and in Brighton, he also exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club in 1943 an oil 'Repose' and a pastel 'Duty Done, Heads of Soldier's and in 1944 two oils 'Resting' and 'Italian Town 1944'. In 1952, the 'Daily Telegraph' critic Thomas Wade Earp (1892-1958) singled out Ward's Family Group from 350 exhibits at the Chenil's 'Artists of Chelsea' show, for its 'fine plastic qualities'. His wife artist Kathleen Walne [q.v.] moved from Ipswich and worked in the Wertheim Gallery, living with Mrs Lucy Wertheim who in 1935 gave her her own show, and the Ward's remained friends with Lucy nursing her in her final years. Frank died at Brighton, East Sussex on 13 October 1998. Frank and Kathleen had one son and two daughters. The Imperial War Museum holds some of his wartime sketches, purchased by the War Artists' Advisory Committee when he was in Italy. One of the best is of Winston Churchill with Brigadier Julian St Clair Holbrook.

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