WARD, Orlando Frank Montagu

1868 - 1955

Shrine of Holy Cross, S. Marco

Born at Rougham, near Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk on 19 February 1868, son of Francis Beckford Ward (1821-1876), a poor-law inspector, and his wife Emily Louisa Gertrude née Bridgeman (1827-1916), who married at Oswestry, Shropshire in 1859. In 1871, the family were living at Belvedere, Melcombe Regis, Dorset from where young Orlando was sent to a boarding school kept by Edward Herbert Cook at 20-23 Montpelier Place, Brighton and later went to Felsted School in Essex. In 1891, Orlando was a 22 year old artist lodging at The Studio, 4 Blythe Road, Hammersmith with fellow artist 23 year old Arthur Bartlett. He illustrated a handful of books in the early 20th century, primarily concerned with scenes from France and Italy, including 'Venice and its Story' (1903) and 'Paris and its Story' both by Thomas Okey (1904); 'In Unknown Tuscany' (1909) and 'Siena and Southern Tuscany' (1910) both by Edward Hutton. In 1911, a 42 year old painter artist living at 8 Oakley Street, Chelsea, London and during the Great War, on 12 February 1915 was gazetted a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Field Arrtillery. He married at St Martin, London in 1924, Brita de Lagerberg (16 July 1878-1952), who was also a painter artist and in 1939 living at 14 Springfield Place, Bath, Somerset with his wife Brita. Orlando Ward died at St Clements, Ash Hill Road, Torquay, Devonon on 12 April 1955, aged 86.