GREEN, John Kenneth

1905 - 1986

Born at Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire on 25 February 1905, second child and eldest son of John Hazel Green, bank clerk, and his wife Murrulia Anne Caroline Luard née MacPherson, who married at Marylebone, London in 1902. In 1911 living at Lock's Hill, South Street, Rochford, Essex with his 56 year old father from Ilford, Essex and 31 year old mother from Sydney, New South Wales and their five children but shortly afterwards moved to Suffolk where young John Kenneth spent his childhood. A friend and pupil of local landscape artist Harry Becker [q.v.], who, at his death, left Green some of his paintings. Educated at Christ's Hospital School, Ipswich and studied at Slade School of Fine Art 1922-1924, with a Slade Scholarship in 1923, under Henry Tonks. As a student was commissioned to paint a portrait at Cambridge University which led to others including composer Benjamin Britten, poet Cecil Day Lewis and actress Sybil Thorndike. Portrait and landscape painter and wood cut artist and had his first solo show at Arlington Galleries in 1928 and in the early 30's visited America and exhibited at Feragil Galleries, New York in 1934 he also exhibited at National Society of Painter from 1946, 2New English Art Club, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Royal Academy 1925-1957, and Royal Society of British Artists, 1925-1940, from Southwold, Suffolk 1925, Redcliffe Road, London 1928 and Crowthorne, Buckinghamshire 1937. He also had exhibitions at Helsinki, Cairo and Geneva. In 1939 married, and director of Art at Wellington College, living at The Red House, Devils Highway, Crowthorne, Wokingham and at Wellington College 1938-1945 and whilst there designed scenery and costumes for Sadler Wells productions of 'Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte' 1944 and Britten's 'Peter Grimes' 1945. He died at London City in 1986.

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