Ink-Slinger Profiles: William Ridgewell

William Leigh Ridgewell was born in Brighton, England on September 8, 1881, according to Who’s Who in Art (1927). He was the son of F.W. Ridgewell, a commercial traveller, and educated at Brighton Grammar School, and Brighton School of Art. He was a humorous artist, formerly lithographer, seal engraver and commercial artist.

During World War I he served in India from 1914 to 1919. In his spare time, he drew for various Indian publications and took part in the advertising of the Indian War Loan.

His work was exhibited at King Edward’s Hospital Fund, and in a 1926 exhibition of humorous art. His art was published in Punch and George Newnes’ publications.

According to The United States Catalog: Books in Print (1928), his illustrations for Harry Graham’s More Ruthless Rhymes were published in 1928.

Ridgewell was married to Dorothy Forrester. His recreations included tennis, walking, and boating. He resided at 2 Addison Road, Brighton. He passed away in 1937, according to Dictionary of British Artists Working 1900-1950 (1976).

The U.S. Federal Census and passenger ship lists at have no record of Ridgewell visiting America.

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