ASHWORTH, Walter

1883 - 1952

Walter Ashworth

Walter Ashworth, was born at 33 Ellsmere Street, Castleton, Rochdale, Lancashire on 31 August 1883, son of John Ashworth, a shoemaker, and his wife Maria née Tatum, who married at Rochdale in 1869. In 1891, a 7 year old student living at 53 King Street East, Rochdale with his widowed father John. He commenced his working career as a cabinet maker at Rochdale but in 1911, a 27 year old art student lodging, together with 29 year old art student Wilfred Norton (1880-1973), at 8 Lilyville Road, Fulham, Walter was probably a student at The Royal College of Art. He married back at Rochdale in 1911, Alice Else Healey after which they came to Ipswich where they had a daughter Joan Healey Ashworth, born in 1914. An art master in Ipswich and a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1913-1916 and exhibited from Oakdene, 60 All Saint’s Road, Ipswich three oil paintings 'In the Meadows, Tuddenham', 'Looking over Rochadae' and 'Spring Time, Playford' and four watercolours 'A View across the Gipping', 'A Bend in the Gipping', 'Quiet Evening, Sproughton' and 'Breezy Morning, Sproughton'. In 1914 he exhibited an oil 'A Portrait' and two etchings 'Mother Earth and the Elements' and 'Chalk Pit by Moonlight' and continued to exhibit four works in 1915 and six in 1916 'The Goose Step, Xmas 1915', 'The Borderland of Lancashire and Yorkshire', 'White House', 'The Valley of the Stour' and two entitled 'Study of a Head', he also exhibited from this address at the Royal Academy in 1914. He was a conscientious objector during the First World War and by 1919 Walter had returned to teaching and in 1926 became Principal of the Art College in Coventry and chairman of the Coventry and Warwickshire Society of Artists but in 1939, a patient in Highlands Nursing Home, St Nicholas Street, Coventry. He exhibited at the Warwickshire Society of Artists and the Royal Academy and was a war artist during the Second World War. Modernist stone reliefs designed by Ashworth in the mid 1930's, adorn the walls of Coventry Technical College. He died at 72 Stoneleigh Avenue, Coventry on 20 September 1952, aged 69 and wife Alice died at 'Aldhurst', Whitstable Road, Blean, Kent on 7 February 1958, aged 71. Pictures held by Coventry Art Gallery and Museum include street scenes and the hospital and Cathedral after bombing raids and there was a relief by W. Ashworth ‘The Five Senses, depicted as Five Naked Children’ dated 1931 sold at Christie’s on 2 July 1992.





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