SQUIRRELL, Martin

1926 - 1950

Martin Squirrell

Born in Ipswich in 1926, son of Leonard Squirrell [q.v.] and his wife Hilda née Bird. Educated at Ipswich School (1938-1944) before being conscripted into the army, joining the Suffolk Regiment at Bury St. Edmund's and after Sandhurst and later promotion to captain was sent to Singapore as personel selection office. After army service he joined Cowell's the printers and then Ipswich architects Johns, Slater & Haward. A member and exhibitor at the Ipswich Art Club from 1943 until his death and had the distinction of exhibiting three works at the Royal Academy when just seventeen years old. He exhibited from Greenwood, 46 Crabbe Street, Ipswich in 1943 'Americans over Bremen', 'Stalingrad, the Sixth Army moves Up' and 'Night Intruder' and in 1945 'V2 Assembly Plant', with 'Port Scene' and 'Stukas over Stalingrad' and 'Action over Berlin' exhibited in 1946, the last three being exhibited at the Royal Academy, other exhibited at the Art Club in 1946 were 'Marston, Norfolk', 'Launching-Tube, Moon Rocket of the Future' and 'Target', he had three pictures on show in 1947, three in 1949 and one in 1950 'Winter in Trumpington Street and at the centenary exhibition his pen & wash 'Russian Tanks crossing a River' and 'Launching-Tube, Moon Rocket of the Future' were on show. In 1948 Martin was commissioned to make illustrations for the East Anglian Magazine, a monthly journal published in Ipswich, a company which he joined as art editor. However his reign was cut short by cancer and he died at Ipswich Nursing Home on 15 December 1950. His best works are in monochrome, pencil, and pen and ink and wash, sometimes with Chinese white highlights. The Ipswich School archives hold many of his original works both from his school-days, which were from his examinations for Higher School Art Certificate and some from the East Anglian Magazine. His sister Mrs Annette Kenny née Squirrell [q.v.], also has a collection.




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