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The following information is from the Bristol Savages*, a Bristol, England art association founded in 1904 and still active.
Born 1913, Eric Craddy won a choral scholarship to Bristol Cathedral School. Then he
moved to the Bristol School of Arts under R. E. J. Bush. He apprenticed as a
designer with Mardon, Son and Hall.
Craddy worked on original sketches for sets
of cigarette cards, the last, just before World War II, being a series
of 50 on The Story of Navigation. He became an Artist Member of the Savages
in 1937, but joined the Territorial Army in 1938 and was commissioned into the
RASC and served in the Middle East in Iraq and Syria. He was seconded to the
2nd New Zealand Division in the Western Desert, wounded and deafened by
shell fire and was later posted to 8th Army HQ in a Staff Appointment during
the planning of the Italian campaign and landings in Syracuse and Italy.
He returned to the UK from Venice and Naples in 1945. De commissioned in
November 1945, he found it very difficult to settle down again in
Mardon's Studio. It was a particular joy for him to pick up the threads of
Artist Membership of the Bristol Savages and meet up with fellow Red
Feathers on Wednesday evenings. He became President on three occasions, the
last being in 1967.
Craddy retired from Mardons in 1973, after 19 years as
Senior Sales Representative, looking after the packaging requirements on
W. D. & H. O. Wills. He was a regular exhibitor at Annual Royal Watercolor Association Exhibitions
and elected ARWA in 1947. He painted in watercolour and oils, particularly
marine subjects. For many years he was keenly interested in dinghy
racing and was Commodore of the Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club. Later he
raced small deep-keeled yachts from Brixham. Sadly all this came to an
end when his dear wife Betty suffered a stroke and required constant
nursing. He gave up painting in the studio but manages to contribute a
few paintings to the Savages' Annual Exhibitions. (E.H.C.)
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