Painter, especially of the landscape of Essex, book illustrator, designer of wallpapers and textiles and enthusiastic gardener and plantsman. Born at Woolwich, Aldridge was a classical scholar at Oxford in the mid-1920s. Had drawn and painted since young, but never had any formal training. In 1933, the year of his first one-man exhibition at the Leicester Galleries, he settled at Great Bardfield, Essex, where he lived until he died. He had first exhibited with the 7 & 5 Society in 1931 at the Leicester Galleries, invited by Ben Nicholson. He became associated with East Anglian painters such as John Nash, Cedric Morris and Edward Bawden, with whom he began designing wallpapers, as Bardfield Wallpapers, in 1938. In 1949 William Coldstream invited him to teach at the Slade School, where he remained until 1970.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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