FORWARD, Frank Randall

1904 - 1978

Born at 2 Mount Pleasant, Reydon, Southwold, Suffolk on 30 April 1904, son of Walter Edward Forward (22 December 1871-1954), a house decorator, and his wife Ada née Rutterford (25 July 1869-1964), who married at Lakenheath, Suffolk in 1898. In 1911, a 6 year old living at Reydon with his parents, 39 year old Walter Edward and 41 year old Ada and three elder brothers, Walter Edmund 11, Stephen Rutterford 10 and Albert Victor 8. His early work as an artist so impressed local Member of Parliament, Pierce Creagh Loftus (1878-1956) and his artist wife Dorothy [q.v.], that they sponsored him at Ipswich School of Art and Frank won a coveted Slade Diploma and a scholarship at the Slade School of Fine Arts and he worked for Jeeves, a firm of architects in Hanover Square, London. In 1939 an architectural artist living at Reydon with his parents and after the Second World War became a free-lance architect living at Reydon where he took the art classes at the Beccles Youth Centre and the John Leman School. On 31 January 1953 Southwold sea front, with its beach huts and pier pavilion, was overwhelmed by the flood tide which Frank Forward witnessed and began his paintings of the scene the same night, they now hang in Southwold Museum. A member and exhibitor at the Ipswich Art Club 1956-1968 and in 1960 he exhibited from 9 Elliott Avenue, Raydon, Southwold three oil paintings 'Winter Evening After Glow', 'Filtering Sunlight' and 'Noon Day Heat'. He married at Westminster, London in 1947, Betty Edith Baggott (1910-1998) and they had one son. He died in the Ipswich district in 1978.

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