Valence House exhibits Dagenham artist Edward Pond’s work

PUBLISHED: 16:18 31 July 2013 | UPDATED: 16:18 31 July 2013

Edward Pond's 1954 painting of Chadwell Heath allotments

Edward Pond's 1954 painting of Chadwell Heath allotments


A year after he passed away, Valence House is presenting art work from local artist Edward Pond throughout August and September.

Edward, also known as Eddie, was born in 1929 in Hackney but spent his childhood in Romford.

At age 20, he decided to pursue a career in art and two years later was accepted into South East Essex Technical College and School of Art in Longbridge Road, Dagenham.

Although initially interested in painting he was invited to study textile design, something he knew little of but his studies there sparked a life-long interest.

In 1976 Edward established his own design consultancy, Edward Pond Associates and he worked for numerous companies including Boots the Chemist, Ford Motor Company and the National Trust.

His most recognisable work is the prints he designed for British Rail that were used across Network Southeast trains, at stations and on promotional material in the early 90s that depicted buildings and places that could be reached on the rail network.

But as well as many prints, he also made plenty of oil paintings depicting the local area, which Valence House is in possession of, including the allotments at Chadwell Heath, the view across Hainault Forest and industrial scenes at Dagenham Dock.

Many of his early works showing local areas were purchased by Dagenham’s chief librarian John O’Leary who was creating a collection at Valence House Museum.

But four more works were actually donated by Edward himself when he visited Valence House in 2011, just months before he died.

The Edward Pond exhibition at Valence House runs from August 3 to September 21 during museum opening times (Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm).

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