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1927 July 22nd, Born Albert Richard William Kenelm Cox in Wotton Under Edge


Mother: Daisy Preston Silverthorne Durn

Father: William Cox

Grandfather, Albert Durn: (the photographer in Wotton-Under-Edge)

Brother: Martin Henry (Harry) 1930-2000


1945 Bristol UWE Art College


1946-48 National Service Marines (mostly drew and painted murals)


1949-51 Camberwell Art School studied painting


1951-52 Bristol Teacher Training


1952  Rosehill Alderley, Gloucestershire taught Art 7-12 yr olds


1953-58 Wotton Secondary Modern taught Art


1952 Met Margaret Buckingham who was standing in as soloist at the

Wotton-Under-Edge Choral society’s Christmas concert in which he

was singing.


1954 Married Margaret Buckingham in Wadhurst Parish

Church, Sussex


1955 Moved to Lasborough, Gloucestershire where he produced

his large landscape paintings.


1955 Daughter Jessica born December 29th


1957 Son Jeremy born February 6th


1958-62 Family moved to London. Head of the Art at Acland Burghley

Comprehensive teaching Art and Pottery (which he had to learn very

quickly from his friend Geri Morgan).Continued painting, a series of

sea paintings and the Sharpness Bridge,  but became more

disillusioned with descriptive landscapes because the development

of photography and colour film seemed to negate the need for this

traditional work.


1960 Daughter Margot born London September 10th


1962 After having an eye operation for glaucoma he moved to The Park, Kingscote, Gloucestershire with his wife and children as well as his Mother and his Father–in-Law. The house used to be the stables,

with rambling gardens, and in the three connecting outbuildings, which were the old laundry, he established his studios: “ Top, Middle

and Bottom ” He met with like-minded artists and poets including

Dom Sylvester Houédard (DSH) and John Furnival and started to

move away from classic painting and to begin experimenting with his

own wall sculptures and motorised sculptures. He also built a full size

Sunday Times Cygnet dinghy boat in the kitchen!


1965 Daughter Imogen born June 15th


1966 Built a Harmonograph drawing machine which made intricate

spiral–like pictures using the new coloured biros with 2 x 84” long pendulums. This machine hung down the stairwell at Kingscote.


1962-68 Part-time teaching at Gloucestershire College of Art in Cheltenham and Stroud


1968 November 5th London, travelling to oversee the packing of his Three Graces sculptures, he was hit by a car whilst crossing the road to speak to a friend. On November 7th died of his injuries aged 41










In Loving Memory of Ken 1927 - 1968