Artist biography

Sir Henry RUSHBURY b. 1889

Watercolourist, draughtsman and etcher. Born 28 October 1889 at Harborne, near Birmingham. Studied at Birmingham College of Art 1903–9, specializing in stained glass design and mural decoration. Studied for six months at the Slade School 1921. Worked for two years as assistant to Henry A. Payne, R.W.S., on decorations for the chapel at Madresfield Court, Worcestershire, and elsewhere before coming to London in 1912. Encouraged by Francis Dodd to begin making drypoints and etchings. Married the artist Florence Lazell 1914. Official War Artist 1914–18 and 1940–5. Member of the N.E.A.C. 1917; R.W.S. 1926 (Vice-President 1944); R.E.; A.R.A. 1927, R.A. 1936. Hon. A.R.I.B.A. 1948. First one-man show at the Grosvenor Galleries 1921. Illustrated Sidney Dark's Paris 1927 and Sir Rennell Rodd's Rome 1930. Keeper of the R.A. 1949–64. Created C.V.O. 1955, C.B.E. 1960 and K.C.V.O. 1964.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II