HAMBLING, Harry Smyth Leonard

1902 - 1998

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, 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 1907-1988), their daughter was the artist Maggi Hambling [q.v.]. A a self-taught watercolour painter and 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 shows and a solo exhibition at Brett Gallery, Hadleigh in 1991 and exhibited twice at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. In 1939 a bank clerk living at 'Milver', George Street, Hadleigh, Suffolk with his wife Marjorie. He died at Ipswich on 22 January 1998.




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