John Aldridge
1905 - 1983

Aldridge lived in Great Bardfield from 1932 until his death. An Oxford graduate, he was a self-taught artist who had a distinguished career as a painter and teacher (at the Slade). Although in 1931 was associated with 'Seven and Five' Society after it had entered its avant garde modernist phase, he became a noted landscape painter who produced many scenes in of Essex and of his garden, which was his passion. He worked extensively in oils, and in other media. He formed Bardfield Wallpapers with Edward Bawden, and although this venture was curtailed by the war, the designs were continued by Cole and Son in the 1950s.<br>