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John Ward (1917-)

Painter, draughtsman, illustrator and teacher, born inHereford. He studied at the School of Art there, 1933-6, then at Royal College of Art, 1336-9, gaining a drawing prize an in 1947 a travelling scholarship. During World War II Ward served in the Army. Between 1948-52 he was under contract to Vogue magazine, combining this with part-time teaching at Wimbledon School of Art. From then on Ward consolidated his reputation as a portrait painter and as a book illustrator. Among his exemplary book illustrations were those for Laurie Lee’s Cider with Rosie, 1959, and H E Bate’s Autobiography, 1969-72. Ward painted a number of figure groups; elegant portraits, especially of beautiful young women; and produced notable architectural and landscape watercolours. Showed with Maas Gallery and had a retrospective at Agnew in 1990. Sir Jack Baer and The Fine Art Society organised John Ward at Caffé Florian in 2002. Elected RA, 965. HM The Queen,