Walter Spradbery, Artist in War and Peace exhibition

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A new exhibition about Buckhurst Hill artist, Walter Spradbery, opens at Epping Forest District Museum on Saturday 21 July 2018.

Walter Spradbery exhibition

Event details

  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When: Saturday 21 July – Saturday 22 December
  • Time: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am – 4pm. Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Free entry: donations are gratefully received

The exhibition, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will feature Spradbery’s medals, on display for the first time, alongside many of the paintings he made, both during his time in training and on the front line in France.

It will also include work loaned from the Imperial War Museum, Peterborough Museum and material supplied by the Welcome Trust.

About Walter Spradbery

Spradbery, best known for his poster designs for London Transport, was also a committed pacifist. He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War, receiving the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his bravery in rescuing injured comrades under intense enemy fire.

After the war, Spradbery was one of several artists commissioned to create art for the Army Medical Section of the new Imperial War Museum display which opened at the Crystal Palace in 1920. As part of the exhibition, a section of the display will be recreated, including reproductions of some of the huge artworks created by Spradbery’s friend and fellow local artist, Haydn Mackey.

Spradbery married in 1929 and lived in Buckhurst Hill with his wife, opera singer Dorothy D’Orsay. Together they held many community music and opera performances in the garden of their home, known as ‘The Wilderness’.

Spradbery also worked hard to create opportunities for people to enjoy and engage with art. He helped establish the Buckhurst Hill Community Association and the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow.

Spradbery Events

To commemorate the opening of the exhibition, visit the museum on Saturday 21 July, from 11am – 4pm, for special activities including a chance to meet Walter Spradbery himself, played by historical interpreter Andrew Ashmore.

Other events include a historical walk, a talk from the exhibition curator and a celebration event at ‘The Wilderness’ site.

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