WARD, Orlando Frank Montagu

1868 - 1955

Orlando Frank Montague Ward was born at Rougham, near Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk on 15 June 1868, son of Lt. Col. Francis Beckford Ward (1820-12 January 1876), formerly in the Royal Artillery then a poor-law inspector, and his wife Emily Louisa Gertrude Bridgeman (1826-6 September 1916), daughter of Charles Orlando Bridgeman, who married at Knockin, Oswestry, Shropshire on 5 July 1859. In 1871, the family were living at Belvedere, Melcombe Regis, Dorset from where young Orlando was sent to a boarding school kept by Edward Herbert Cook at 20-23 Montpelier Place, Brighton and later went to Felsted School in Essex. In 1891, Orlando was a 22-year-old artist, lodging at The Studio, 4 Blythe Road, Hammersmith with a fellow artist, 23-year-old Arthur Bartlett. He lived and worked in France and Italy for many years and was a Cavaliere of the Crown of Italy. Orlando exhibited at the Royal Academy and illustrated a number of books primarily concerned with scenes from France and Italy, including 'Venice and its Story' (1903) and 'Paris and its Story' both by Thomas Okey (1904); 'In Unknown Tuscany' (1909) and 'Siena and Southern Tuscany' (1910) both by Edward Hutton. In 1911, a 42-year-old painter artist, living at 8 Oakley Street, Chelsea, London and during the Great War, on 12 February 1915 was gazetted a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery. He married at St Martin, London in 1924, Brita de Lagerberg (16 July 1878-26 January 1952), who was also a painter artist and in 1939 they were living at 14 Springfield Place, Bath, Somerset. His wife died at Netherton House, Newton Abbot, Devon in 1952 and Orlando Frank Montague Ward died at St Clements, Ash Hill Road, Torquay, Devon on 12 April 1955, aged 86. He signed his works 'O. F. M. Ward'.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 79 Edith Grove, Chelsea S.W. 10
1922 724 A Market Hall, Marseilles - watercolour
1925 720 St Mark's, Venice - watercolour

Works by This Artist