UDEN, Ernest [Boye]

1911 - 1986

Born Ernest Uden, at 116 Queens Road, Peckham, London on 8 July 1911, son of Ernest Uden (6 March 1879-1940), an undertaker's shop manager and later a commercial artist, and his wife Edith Mary née Jezzard (1 May 1880-1985), who married at Faversham, Kent in 1903 and in 1939 were living at 22 Blendon Drive, Bexley, Kent. During his lifetime he added Boye as a middle name, probably to avoid confusion with his father, who also had taken up as an artist. Educated at Aske's Hatcham College, New Cross, London and studied at Camberwell and Goldsmiths' Schools of Art. He married at Greenwich, London in 1939, Mildred Frances Hildea (6 February 1912-1985) and had two daughters, Hilary (born 1942) and Josephine (born 1946). In 1939 a commercial artist living at 2 The Paragon, Greenwich, London with his wife Mildred, also a commercial artist, and during 1941-1945 was official artist with the National Fire Service, his resulting work being illustrated in 'War Pictures by British Artists' (1943). He went on to teach at Reigate School of Art and etablished himself as a successful artist, illustrator and watercolour painter being commissioned to produce work for a number of well-known companies, including British Gas, Daimler, Bass, Dunlop, Ferguson Tractors, ICI and the Radio Times. As a painter and commercial artist he exhibited from the early 1930's, at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour, New English Art Club and abroad from Bourne Grange Farm, Hadlow, Tonbridge, Kent. He and his wife moved to Kingsbury Cottage, Upper Road, Sudbury, Suffolk where Mildred died in 1985 and Ernest the following year in 1986.

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