EDWARD MIDDLEDITCHBritish 1923 - 1987

EDWARD MIDDLEDITCHBritish 1923 - 1987

Edward Middleditch studied in London at the Regent Street Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art 1948–52. With his contemporaries at the RCA Derrick Greaves, Jack Smith and John Bratby, Middleditch exhibited regularly at Helen Lessore's Beaux-Arts Gallery in London; the group were later conferred the title 'the Beaux-Arts Quartet'. The group formed part of the Kitchen Sink School, a term coined by critic David Sylvester in December 1954, and the four artists were selected to represent Britain in the 1956 Venice Biennale alongside Lynn Chadwick and Ivon Hitchens.

Middleditch and his wife, Jane, were close friends of Miles Richmond and his wife Susanna. In 1960 the Middleditch’s were invited to stay with Miles and Susanna at their home in Ronda. Because the journey at the time was rather arduous, and Middleditch was struggling financially, the stay was for a number of months. The generosity shown by the Richmond’s was reciprocated after their decision to return to England, at which point Edward and Jane welcomed them to their Buckinghamshire home for six months while they found their feet. Middleditch’s period in Ronda was very productive. He produced a wonderful series of oil paintings and works on paper which show the clear influence of Richmond and, by extension, David Bomberg.

Middleditch taught at various art schools, notably Norwich School of Art, where he was head of fine art from 1964 to 1984. From 1984 to 1986 he was keeper of the Royal Academy Schools. A memorial exhibition composed of seventy drawings and paintings was held at the Serpentine Galleries in 1988 following the artist’s death in July 1987.