LUBBOCK, Joseph

1915 - ?

Joe Lubbock

Joseph Guy Lubbock, was born at Chelsea, London in 1915, son of Guy Lubbock (9 October 1870-1956), an army officer, and his wife Lettice Isabells née Mason (21 June 1879-1980), who married at Swaffham, Norfolk in 1912 and in 1939 were living at Glebe House, Westerham, Sevenoaks, Kent. Joseph read engineering at Cambridge, before working on early examples of computers and during the Second World War, helped assemble the Spitfire and, with Sir Barnes Wallis (1887-1979), the Wellington bomber. He also served with the Royal Engineers as a bomb disposal expert and also helped develop a range finder that could detect bombers overhead and guide missiles to explode on impact. He married at East Dereham, Norfolk in 1941, Ruth C. Gurney (born 30 May 1917), who in 1939 was living at 13 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, shortly after their marriage Joe was posted to the Far East. In the early 1960s he turned his full attention to painting and writing and he and his wife moved to Suffolk in 1963. Joe was also an accomplished sailor, and enjoyed many successes in ocean racing with Uffa Fox (1898-1972) and once pipped the Duke of Edinburgh’s yacht to first place in his class at Cowes Week and has travelled widely including Antarctic, China, Chile and right down to the Beagle Channel in South America and to Mexico. His work draws on the beauty of the Suffolk landscape and his travels with his wife Ruth to remoter parts of the world, the Himalayas, Galápagos and Antarctic, have also had a great influence on his work. At the age of he and his wife can look back on life as a distinguished artist, writer and innovator and he published his fifteenth book, meticulously composed at home near Woodbridge. His limited edition hand-bound books of writings and original prints of the natural world are kept in the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge, in the Bodleian Library at Oxford and in the British Library and he has had exclusive exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum and University of East Anglia, as well as abroad with The Royal Library at Windsor Castle containing his work. In 2017 he and his wife live at High Elms, School Road, Waldringfield, Woodbridge, Suffolk. The Woodbridge Deben branch of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies (NADFAS) hosted a special 100th birthday celebration, with a special lecture by Dr Christopher de Hamel of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, on illuminated mediaeval manuscripts, which inspired the artist’s work. www.jglubbock.com




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