Born 1892, died 1978.
I met Harold Williamson in Norwich around 1978 when I think he was in
his eighties. He had been Principal of Chelsea School of Art, and, as
I knew him best, a great British poster artist. He was a great admirer
of William Roberts whom he had employed at Chelsea as a supervisor of
drawing. He loved the work of Ceri Richards who he knew well and the walls
of the house in Norwich provided a veritable monument to the latter's
many changes of style. Mr. Williamson was a lively and wise man who was
utterly devoted to classical music and listened to Radio Three virtually
all day."In many ways" he told me I wish had been a musician
and not an artist."
The Imperial War Museum owns several of his works when he was an official
War Artist on the Western Front with a particular emphasis on the depiction
of the role played by animals. He told me he passed the awful time in
the Trenches reading Ruskin. "Nothing affected," he said, "it
just gave you hope."
It is consistent with his great love for music that he was responsible
for this wonderful booklet produced 1951 and printed in lithography by
Cowell's of Ipswich. It provided in sequence a clear and devoted account
of the sheer excitement when an orchestra take up its instruments to play.
On p.3 he has devised a diagrammatic representation of patterns in sound
and vision of the Orchestral playing.
Thanks to Matthew Williamson for information.