EDWARD RIDLEY (1883-1946) PENCIL DRAWING ON PAPER, Life Study Female Nude

£ 400

Circa 1904. Signed top right and additionally signed to verso. Blind stamped to lower left of drawing ‘E.S.K.’ for The Examined School of South Kensington, the precursor to the Royal College of Art which was situated in what is now the V&A. He completed this picture when he was just 21 years of age.

Edward Ridley was a portrait and figure painter, born in Birmingham. He studied at Birmingham School of Art and was a Gold Medalist. Ridley’s paintings were exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (of which he was elected a member in 1944) and the Birmingham School of Art. He later became head of art at the Birmingham Municipal School of Art and dedicated his life to teaching. He was, for some time, the art critic for the Birmingham Mail. He worked on the Birmingham Education Committee and subsequently for Cheltenham Ladies College and at the Central School of Art, London, where he was head of fashion design.

Measurements in total including ebonised and gilt lined contemporary frame height 63cm x width 47cm

Ref: 22228

We have another pencil drawing by Edward Ridley – see Ref: 22229