Rowland de Winton Aldridge (1906-1997)
The Backs, St John’s College Cambridge
Born in Kent he was given ‘de Winton’ after his grandmother, who was related to the De Wintons of the Welsh engineering company De Winton & Co (1854-1901) that built narrow-gauge railways.
He was a protégé of Edward Wesson, one of Britian’s most important twentieth century watercolourists, and was a prolific artist of landscapes and urban riverscapes. St John’s College Cambridge was one of his favourite views to paint, combining as it does an urban riverscape, a landscape and late 17th century buildings. Aldridge was an authority on 18th century architecture and was adviser to Baron Iliffe during his restoration of Basildon Park.
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