Originally named Barbara Plews, Bardy Crewdson, the daughter of Edwin Plews and his wife Ethel (née Hobdey), was born in Nottingham on 26th August 1919. Bardy attended the local art school in Paignton, Devon. In 1939, she went to London to train as a fashion designer at Revell’s and at the outbreak of World War II had joined the Women's Royal Navy Service. In 1944, while on leave in the Lake District, she met Peter Eric Fryers Crewdson (1920–2007) and they were married on 1st April 1944 in Chelsea, London, after which Bardy moved to Kendal. Peter became High Sheriff for Cumbria in 1983. They had two children, Susie (later Ibbotson) and Christopher, and although Bardy was always painting, drawing and sketching, she did not restart her artistic career until the late 1940s.

Text source: Art Detective


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