13th March, 2009
I am trying to trace work and information about my great grandfather Kenneth Baldwin-Smith. I did know him well (he died when I was 14) and I spent hours watching him paint and sketch – either in his studio or plein air when he joined us on holiday.
He spent much of his later life as a portrait painter based in Shelford, Cambridge. He also loved to paint the local landscape. His descendants, including me, own some of his work but there is so much we do not know about.
He was born in 1893 and spent the early part of his life in Nelson, Lancashire where he enrolled in night school to study art. After the WW1 he attended the Royal College of Art and graduated in 1923 with ARCA in design.
During his career; he worked in Italy working on stained glass, he worked for the Cambridge Tapestry company designing tapestries for Angelsey Abbey and the Queen Mother, in lean times he painted pub signs and designs on Chivers vans (the famous producers of jam and jelly).
If you own any work by Kenneth Baldwin-Smith (he signed his work K Baldwin-Smith, Kenneth Smith, K.B. Smith, Kenneth Baldwin-Smith, Ken Smith and sometimes attached a label on the back with Kenwin Studio) or have any information about him please send info or any photos to : firstname.lastname@example.org