A new pa­tron and a life­long friend

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

ASH­FORD Art So­ci­ety wel­comed new pa­tron, ac­tress Joanna Lum­ley, to their 50th an­niver­sary meet­ing.

It was an ap­pro­pri­ate in­vi­ta­tion as the evening fea­tured a lec­ture on the work of John Ward, given by the so­ci­ety’s chair­man David Em­bry.

Miss Lum­ley mod­elled for Mr Ward and had re­mained a friend for many years.

Renowned artist Mr Ward founded the so­ci­ety and re­mained its pres­i­dent un­til his death in 2007.

The range of his work was shown on slides at the meet­ing, as well as a num­ber of paint­ings and draw­ings on view.

Joanna Lum­ley spoke about mod­el­ling for Mr Ward and of her last­ing friend­ship.

Every­one shared a spe­cial birth­day cake to mark the so­ci­ety’s golden an­niver­sary and the meet­ing con­cluded with the pre­sen­ta­tion of a John Ward print to Miss Lum­ley.

A wa­ter­colour of the ac­tress, which was painted in 1968 by Mr Ward, is cur­rently tak­ing cen­tre stage in Maid­stone Mu­seum’s ex­hi­bi­tion to cel­e­brate its 150th birth­day.

The pic­ture, in pen­cil and col- our wash, shows Miss Lum­ley at 22, smok­ing a cig­a­rette.

Mr Ward’s son, Ge­orge, a writer for the KM Group, said: “This was painted while Joanna was do­ing rep at the Mar­lowe in Can­ter­bury.

“She was friends with the Ar­mitage fam­ily in God­mer­sham, who had been partly re­spon­si­ble for our fam­ily mov­ing to God­mer­sham in 1958.”

“Both were great let­ter writ­ers and life­long friends.

“She came to as many pri­vate views as she could, and bought many pic­tures.”

The paint­ing of Joanna Lum­ley, at 22, by John Ward on dis­play at Maid­stone Mu­seum

Joanna Lum­ley was a life­long friend of John Ward

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