ROSE, Gerald Hembdon Seymour

1935 - ?

Gerald Rose - self portrait

Gerald Rose was born in Hong Kong in 1935, son of Henley Hembdon Rose (1897-1955), a civil servant, who was born at Lowestoft, Suffolk, and his wife Rachel Grace (1911-1945), and in 1938 they were living at Selby House, Selby Street, Lowestoft when they returned to Hong Kong. His father was a warrant officer in the army at Hong Kong and when the Japanese invaded in 1942, his father was taken prisoner and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp, and Gerald, his sister Dawn Mary (born 1931) and his East Asian mother Rachel were interned in Stanley Internment Camp for civilians in Hong Kong. Conditions at the Camp were difficult and diseases were prevalent and his mother died at the camp aged only 34. After the war, Henley and his family returned Lowestoft, where Gerald attended Lowestoft School of Art. His father Henley died at Lowestoft in 1955. At Lowestoft, Gerald was a founder member of the short lived second Lowestoft Art Club with Wilfred Sutton [q.v.] and others but it failed after about six months but later was again resurrected by Wilfred Sutton. A student at the Royal Academy Schools 1955-1959, when visiting lecturers included Stanley Spencer (1891-1959), Carel Weight (1908-1997) and John Minton (1917-1957). A British illustrator of children's books, he married at Lowestoft in 1955 Elizabeth Jane Pretty and together they began to produce children's books, Elizabeth writing and Gerald illustrating and 'How St Francis Tamed the Wolf' was published by Faber in 1958. He won the 1960 Kate Greenaway Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book illustration by a British subject, the book was 'Old Winkle and the Seagulls', written by his wife Elizabeth and published by Faber and Faber. Gerald was a commended runner-up for the Greenaway Medal next year, when the librarians introduced the distinction, recognising 'Wuffles Goes to Town'. Teacher of drawing and painting at Blackpool College of Art, Blackpool 1960-1964 and teacher of graphic art at Maidstone College of Art, Maidstone from 1965 and he now lives at Hove, East Sussex.







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