Arthur James F. Bond

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Arthur James F. Bond
Born June 1888
Devonport England
Died 1958
Nationality British
Education Heatherley School of Fine Art, Central School of Art and Design
Alma mater Goldsmith's College
Known for Oil painting, watercolour, etching
Maritime art

Arthur James F. Bond RSMA, (1888–1958) was an English artist who worked in oils, watercolour and etching.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Arthur Bond was born in June 1888 in Devonport, Devon, England. His father, Richard Bond was the Vicar of St James' Church, Devonport. When he was of age Arthur was sent to a boarding school in Somerset.[citation needed]

After leaving school, Arthur Bond moved to London to concentrate on his artistic career, studying art at Heatherley's, at Goldsmiths' College and at the Central School of Arts and Crafts.[2] He first London address was in St Margarets-on-Thames, before moving to Twickenham in 1913, then Barnes, before settling in Richmond, in 1918. Like many artists, the city proved a muse for Arthur Bond which is evident in his numerous etchings and paintings of the capital. Bond also favoured maritime subjects, elected a member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists and the Wapping Group of Artists. He established a studio on Gravesend Pier in the same building used by Thames river pilots.[3] During 1956 this pier-head studio became the setting for a number of Wapping Group invited meetings where members could chat to many of the pilots.[3] Bond exhibited often in the capital, with six paintings shown at the Royal Academy between 1912 - 1918.[4]


  1. ^ Johnson, J. The Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940 (Antique Collectors Club, 1980) p.65
  2. ^ Waters, G.M. Dictionary of British Artists Working 1900 - 1950 (Eastbourne Fine Art, 1975)
  3. ^ a b Banning, P. The Wapping Group of Artists: Sixty Years of Painting by the Thames (Published by Sheridan House, Inc., 2005)
  4. ^ Royal Academy Exhibitors 1905-1970, Vol I (EP Publishing LTD, 1979)