1883 - 1952

Walter Ashworth

Born at 33 Ellsmere Street, Castleton, Rochadale, 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, at 8 Lilyville Road, Fulham after which he seems to have come to Ipswich. 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. Walter Ashworth, sculptor, painter and in 1939 principal of Coventry College of Art but in 1939 was a patient in Highlands Nursing Home. St Nicholas Street, Coventry. Chairman of the Coventry and Warwickshire Society of Artists and 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 Coventry in 1952, aged 69. 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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