Wesson, Edward 'Ted'
1910 – 1983
Despite no formal art education, Edward ‘Ted’ Wesson became one of the most respected and admired watercolour artists of his generation and, ironically, a most popular teacher.
Born in Blackheath, London and originally worked for a textile company, painting in his spare time.
After serving in North Africa and Italy in the Second World War, he was keen to resume painting and submitted work to the major art societies, meeting with some success. In 1952, he was appointed member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, becoming one of their most consistent exhibitors and, later, an important member of the Council. He also began to exhibit regularly with the Royal Society of Marine Artists and the Royal Society of British Artists.
A steady flow of commissions, supplemented by additional income from teaching, led to him turning to painting full time until his death in 1983.
His reputation was built upon a loose, free flowing and economical style, his subject matter featuring rural and river scenes in locations including Normandy and Paris, Venice, Scotland, the Channel Islands, the Lake District, the South and South West coasts of England.
Today, his work remains hugely popular and collectable.