Artist in oil, ink and watercolour, and teacher, born in London. His full name was Arthur Robert Howard Williams-Treffgarne, but he declined to use this. He was educated at Westminster School, St John’s Wood Art School, 1935, under Patrick Millard and at Slade School of Fine Art, 1936–8, where he won the Robert Ross Prize, Design Prize and Diploma. During World War II served with the Middlesex Regiment, was art master at Mercers School, 1943–4, at Oundle, 1944–54, then Harrow School, 1954–76. John Minton, Bryan Wynter, Patrick Heron and Paul Feiler were close friends and the painter and patron Edie Lamont owned his work. Treffgarne was a member of Penwith Society and took part in its Winter Show, 1949. Other mixed-show appearances included City Art Gallery, Bristol, Contemporary Painting, 1950; LG, New Burlington Galleries, 1951; Arts Council, Country Life, 1952; Robins Croft Gallery, Chilham, 1967; and Merchant Taylors’ School Exhibition, 1968.

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

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