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Painter in oil and watercolour, born in Leyton, east London, who made a successful living by his brush from 16 to 80. His brother was the flower painter Cecil Kennedy, their father the artist Robert Thomas Kennedy, and grandfather Thomas Kennedy of Edinburgh. As well as studying at art school in London, for many years Thomas worked in the British Museum, Turner, Constable and Italian and Dutch Old Masters being special influences. His work was often reproduced and he showed at RA, RSA, RBSA and with Frost & Reed. HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother bought Kennedy’s work, which is in many private collections in Britain and abroad. Lived in Chingford, Essex, and died in Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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