Edward Bostock was born I I th June at Hanley, Staffs. He was the
William George Bostock (d. 1948) and Amy (d. 1976) and came from a
potters and glass-workers. He was brought up in Kent and attended
Grammar School, Sittingbourne.
Medway School of Art in Rochester.
post-graduate study at the Royal College of Art where his tutors
included Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious and John and Paul Nash.
Joined the Design School, studying mural and decorative painting,
and the Engraving School.
Awarded RCA certificates in etching, wood engraving and lithography.
Awarded diploma of ARCA, 1939
According to Bostock the greatest artistic influence on him at the
RCA was Paul Nash. He made such a vivid impression on Bostock that
he claimed he learnt more about art from Nash in a one and a quarter
hour tutorial than from anyone else.
Joined the Civil Defence Camouflage Establishment at Leamington Spa.
20th December, married Gwladys Irene; three sons (Philip b.1946, Michael
b.1950, Christopher b. 1959).
into the Army for war service, firstly with the Kings Shropshire
Light Infantry and then with the Durham Light Infantry in the Western
Desert. Later he became a Sergeant in the Royal Corps of Signals
(1942) in a High Grade Cipher Unit at GHQ Middle East and Turkey.
Demobilised February 1946. In later years Bostock
wrote and illustrated an amusing and interesting account of his
war experiences in the Middle East and North Africa, 'Snapshots
of a Distant War', unpublished manuscript, 1996, Copy held at the
'Second World War Experience Centre' in Leeds.
Senior Lecturer in Art at Ealing School of Art.
From this time Bostock undertook many commissions for
commercial work alongside the production of his own paintings and
prints. One he found most interesting was from the Natural History
Museum when he was asked to provide a painting ofthe case containing
the famous dolphin 'Pelaurus Jack' who guided fishermen through dangerous
Associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers.
member of the Society of Wood Engravers.
In the early
1950s Bostock introduced a modernist, semi-abstract style into his
wood engravings, often with added colour.
Seriously injured in a road accident. A period of two years spent
recovering before returning to teaching at Ealing.
Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers.
Appointed Head of Diploma Studies at Stoke on Trent College of Art.
Appointed Vice-Principal of the West of England College of Art.
(December) Moved to live in Bristol.
Between 1965 and 1980 Bostock virtually abandoned wood
engraving due to pressure of work, although he continued to paint
of watercolours and wood engravings at the Mignon Gallery Bath.
of watercolours and wood engravings at the Van Dyck Gallery
(University of Bristol).
Appointed Academic Development Officer at Bristol Polytechnic.
from academic life and moved to Broadstairs, Kent.
of watercolours and wood engravings at Margate Library Gallery.
of watercolours and wood engravings at Deal Library Gallery.
of watercolours and wood engravings at Broadstairs Library Gallery.
Works included in an exhibition arranged by Camberwell Press which
travelled to USA; Los Angeles, Oakland, Santa Cruz and Anaheim.
(August) Exhibition of wood engravings at Library Gallery, Folkestone,
(September) Exhibition of wood engravings at Cliff Street Gallery,
Exhibition of watercolours and wood engravings at Phillip Maslen Galleries,
executed his last wood engraving (Three Trees) this year due to deteriorating
eyesight and the onset of arthritis.
April -28th April) One of nineteen artists included in an exhibition
Bankside Gallery, London organised by Hilary Paynter, Wood Engraving;
exhibition of prints by artists who are members o f both The Royal
Society of Painter
Printmakers and Society of Wood Engravers.
February - 19"' April) Wood engravings included in a major exhibition,
Twentieth-Century British Wood Engraving: A Celebration ...and a Dissenting
the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter. Curated by Hal Bishop. (The
moved to Hereford City Museum and Art Gallery, 3rd May - 8th June.)
July- 18th September) Exhibition of watercolours and wood engravings
Exeter Museum and Art Gallery, curated by Hal Bishop.
(21st Nov - 12th Dec.) Exhibition of wood engravings at the 20th Century
Major retrospective exhibition of wood engravings and other works
at the 20" Century Gallery, London.