1902 - 1998

Harry Smyth Leonard Hambling, was born at Snape, Suffolk on 1 February 1902, son of Henry Thomas Hambling and his wife Celia née Smyth, who married at Snape in 1900. In 1911, Harry was living at Glebe Farm, Blaxhall, Suffolk with his parents, 36 year Henry, a farmer, born at Snape, and 35 year old Celia, born Sternfield, Suffolk with his sibling sister, 7 year old Audrey. After leaving Northgate School in Ipswich he joined Barclays Bank and remained with them until his retirement in 1962, working briefly in the Ipswich branch before transferring to Hadleigh, Suffolk. He married at Hadleigh in 1933, Marjorie Rose Harris (22 January 1907-6 January 1988), and had one son and two daughters including artist Maggi Hambling [q.v.]. In 1939, a bank clerk, living at 'Milver', George Street, Hadleigh, Suffolk with his wife Marjorie. A self-taught watercolour painter, who at the age of 65, began to experiment in oils and took up painting seriously. Noted for his strong design, intensity and powerful colour, and often featured the Suffolk countryside. He had several exhibitions including seven solo shows including at Brett Gallery, Hadleigh in 1991 and exhibited twice at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and had several joint exhibitions with his daughter. His paintings are owned privately by such people as George Melly, Delia Smith and Paul Bailey and as far afield as Australia and America. Public collections include Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, and Barclays Bank. He died at Ipswich on 22 January 1998.

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