Ralph Ellis: a Sussex artist and the Great War

Tuesday 29 September 2020


The Talk

Ralph Ellis was born in Arundel and lived in West Sussex for most of his life. He is best remembered as a renowned designer and painter of inn signs and also as a landscape artist, celebrating the glorious countryside of the South Downs.  Less well known is that like many of his generation he served on the Western Front during the Great War and was badly wounded.  While recovering he started to compile a compelling memoir of his experiences.  He wrote a powerful narrative, including many sketches and paintings, recalling what life was like for an infantryman fighting on the Western Front.

The Speaker

Sue Hepburn has a BA and an MA in History from the University of Sussex and has been studying the Great War for twenty years. She is now preparing the memoir of Ralph Ellis, which resides in the West Sussex Record Office, for publication this summer.

Participant information

Talks start at 6.30pm and last for about one to one and a half hours.  Tea, coffee and cake will be available between 6pm and 6.30pm.  If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance.

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