Essex Art Club

Patron: Ken Howard, OBE, RA, RWS, RWA, ROI, RBA, Hon. NEAC.

President: John Tookey, PS.

120 Years of the Essex Art Club


Sandy Connor

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 The Essex Art Club since 1899


The Essex Art Club evolved from a  sketch club for tutors and students at the Walthamstow School of Art around 1899, when Walthamstow was part of rural Essex.  A few years later it separated from the school and gradually became an art club at a more professional level. Its presidents and vice-presidents have included:



Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Frank Brangwyn and Sir Alfred Munnings exhibited paintings in the annual exhibition at London's Guildhall in 1950.


Walter Spradbery was the most dynamic and longstanding member for about 65 years, he became chairman and eventually president of the EAC. He produced some wonderful transport posters during the first half of the century. He was also a campaigner for local causes which included saving Vestry House Museum in Walthamstow, encouraging the Brangwyn Gift for the setting up of the William Morris Gallery, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Buckhurst Hill Community Association.


Our current President is John Tookey.


Sandy Connor


The Exhibition Display Book is a celebration of the EAC's illustrious past and offers a glimpse into a fascinating archive which begins in 1900 and continues into the twenty-first century.  One Hundred Years of the Essex Art Club is available for £2.50, including postage, from: 


The Hon Treasurer,
Essex Art Club
56 Addison Road
Wanstead E11 2RG


Please make cheques out to 'Essex Art Club' .


New members of the Club are always welcome.


For further information go to Membership.