Artist in various media and teacher who was for a time a clerk with London Transport. He was born in Little Ilford, Essex, his father Joseph Redgrave being a painter turned builder. William attended Central School of Arts and Crafts and West Clapham School of Art and eventually settled in Cornwall. With Peter Lanyon and Terry Frost he founded the St Peter’s Loft summer school in St Ives, 1955–60. He was a Penwith Society of Arts member and showed at RA and when the Sail Loft Gallery was opened in St Ives in 1960 he was in the first mixed show. His vigorous bronze The Call of the Sea, 1980, is in Lowestoft. The actor Lord Olivier and the conductor Sir Adrian Boult were among his many bronze portrait subjects. In 1986, there was a posthumous exhibition at Bacon’s Gallery, in Aylsham, Norfolk, where Redgrave and his family had lived from 1976, and where he died.

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

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