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Coast Scene near the Stour Estuary, Suffolk
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Rotherham Heritage Services

Coast Scene near the Stour Estuary, Suffolk 1946

Rowland Suddaby (1912–1972)

Rotherham Heritage Services

Painter, mainly of landscapes. Born in Kimberworth, Yorkshire, Suddaby studied at Sheffield College of Art from 1926, winning a scholarship there. In 1931 he married and moved to London with few prospects, but spent two years designing for films in Wardour Street before starting to paint full-time. In 1935 had a first one-man show at the Wertheim Gallery, the next year he exhibited with the Redfern Gallery and with it had a series of one-man appearances. After World War II exhibited solo with Leger Galleries, more recent exhibitions including Austin/Desmond Fine Art. Eventually Suddaby settled at Great Cornard, Sudbury, Suffolk, and became associated with scenes of East Anglia. He illustrated the covers of books by the Essex Marshland writer S L Bensusan and was a founder of the Colchester Art Society, with Edward Bawden, John Nash and Cedric Morris among the exhibitors.

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

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