This talk is given by Catherine Hammond, who curated the Walter Spradbery exhibition at Epping Forest District Museum in 2018, and it explores the story of this local artist’s life. From his early years growing up in Walthamstow where he went on to study and teach at the School of Art and Adult Educational Settlement in Greenleaf Road, to his marriage and life at ‘The Wilderness’, the home he shared with his wife, opera singer Dorothy D’Orsay, in Buckhurst Hill. It will include Spradbery’s better known work, including designing posters for London Transport and his role in setting up the William Morris Gallery, as well as lesser known aspects of his life such as his pacifism and service in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. All of this will be illustrated through Spradbery’s art from the many sketches he made of the local area to the official paintings he produced for the first Imperial War Museum at the end of the First World War. A fascinating and inspiring local story.
Catherine is the Education and Outreach Officer, Epping Forest District and Lowewood Museums.