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Artist Picture


Hilder has been described as ‘the Turner of his generation' following his renowned landscape paintings of the Kent countryside, where he spent most of his life. Studying at Goldsmith's College School of Art in the 1920s, and exhibiting at the Royal Academy in London at the tender age of eighteen, Hilder went on to become a distinguished painter of oils and watercolours, as well as illustrator for numerous books including Moby Dick, Treasure Island and Mary Webb's Precious Bane.

In the Second World War, Hilder was commissioned to do work for the Ministry of Information largely because of his pre-war work, notably for London and North Eastern Railways (LNER).

After the war, Hilder returned to university but this time as a much-admired lecturer at Goldsmiths' College. He also wrote the internationally best-selling book Starting in Watercolours. He was awarded an OBE in 1986, and after he died in 1993, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours honoured him by instituting an annual Rowland Hilder award in his memory.