Walter Woodington

Walter Woodington RBA- NEAC 1916 – 2000

Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Honorary member of the Royal Academy. Walter was a much loved and respected member of the Royal Academy staff. Serving as curator and teacher at the Royal Academy Schools from 1961 – 1984.

He was born in London in 1916, he studied art at Woolwich Polytechnic Art School and City and Guilds of London School, where he was taught by A.R.Middleton Todd. During the Second World War he worked as a cartographer for the war office. He then taught art part-time at the Woolwich Polytechnic until 1960.

At the Royal Academy School he worked first for Sir Henry Rushbury. In 1964 Peter Greenham succeeded Rushbury as keeper. He and Walter worked as a harmonious team for some 20 years until they both retired.

A number of Walters portraits are held within the Royal Academy collection.