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Spitfire over Bassingbourn
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Royston & District Museum & Art Gallery

Spitfire over Bassingbourn 1942

Ernest Herbert Whydale (1886–1952)

Royston & District Museum & Art Gallery

Painter and etcher, notably of horse and genre subjects, born in Halifax, Yorkshire. He studied at Westminster, Central, Camberwell and Bolt Court Schools after early education in Birmingham and St Leonards-on-Sea showed a talent for art. His teachers included A S Hartrick, George Clausen, Harold Gilman and Walter Bayes. For several years was an accomplished commercial artist. Whydale exhibited at RA from 1910–50, SGA, RE, RSA and Fine Art Society. Victoria & Albert Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and South London Art Gallery hold his work. Whydale lived in Royston, Hertfordshire, from 1919. He built a studio called Fag’s Folly, where he taught and with his brother Arthur promoted amateur theatricals. Painted from a horse-drawn caravan.

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

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