William Albert Green (Will A. Green) was born in Birmingham, England in 1907. In
1952, with his wife Edith and two children (Edwin and Marian) he moved to Ludlow
in Shropshire. He died in 1983.
He began drawing in his teenage years, using pencil and water colour, but then turned
to pen and ink working. He continued until a few years before his death although
he suffered throughout his life with defective eyesight.
He concentrated on the historic buildings in the English Midland counties. The majority
being in the Birmingham and Warwickshire area where he spent the first part of his
life, and in Shropshire, a county which became his home in later years.
In addition the collection includes many scenes in the towns and villages of Worcestershire,
Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire,
Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and a few further afield in Cheshire, Lincolnshire,
Somerset, Devon, Cumbria, Dyfed, Pembrokeshire, Powys and London.
Initially the drawings were for his own private collection. But later sold them at
a nominal price to family and friends, then a major Midland omnibus company used
some of the pictures to illustrate their tour guides. His pictures appeared for many
years in The Birmingham Weekly Post illustrating a weekly rambling article by John
Hingley. Also in other Midland newspapers including The Sunday Mercury, The Birmingham
Post, and The Birmingham Mail.
The drawings also appeared in magazines such as The Shropshire Magazine, in English
Counties guide books published by the Littlebury Press, and a series CATHEDRALS OF
BRITAIN appeared on the back of England Glory matchboxes.
His method was to make a pencil sketch on location (travelling by bicycle or public
transport) from which he would later trace the outline onto cartridge paper and then
complete the drawing using Indian Ink and a fine mapping pen.
Shown below is his fine sketch of Claines Church, from 1944, detailing the South
Claines Church 1944. WA Green
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