Arthur Ralph Middleton TODD

Arthur Ralph Middleton TODD RE, RWS, RA

Painter in oils & watercolour of portraits and figures, etcher and engraver Born in Clifton Terrace, Penzance, the son of Ralph C TODD and his wife Vasilesa. Arthur joined the Stanhope FORBES School at the age of 16 and after service in WWI, he returned to his chosen career in art.

He studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, the Slade and in France, Italy and Holland. In 1918 his address was with his family in Helston, and by 1921 he was working from London. Later he became Head of Drawing 1936-9 at the Leicester School of Art and he also taught at the Regent St Polytechnic School of Art, the Royal Academy and the City and Guilds Schools.  His painting entitled The Picture Book was purchased for the nation in 1940 by the Chantrey Bequest. He has been described as 'by far the most sensitive and accomplished painter of his generation'.


Painter of portraits, landscapes

works and access

Works include: The wicket gate (wc)

Access: Cardiff; Guildhall (London); Leeds; MC; M (Whitworth); RWS; Tate

In Cornwall: RCM, Truro: Portrait of Sir Harry Trelawny (1807-1893);


BA; Brook St; Chenil; Colnaghi; FIN (6); GI; L (4); NEAC (3); RA (41); RE (25); RHA (6); RSW; RWS (24)


NSA, ARE (1923), RE (1930), ARWS (1929), RWS (1937), ARA (1939), RA (1949)



Chantrey Bequest list: Tate On-line

Cross Shining Sands

Green Posing the Model

Hardie (2009) Artists/Newlyn and West Cornwall p283

Johnson & Greutzner

Public Catalogue Foundation (2007) Cornwall & Isles of Scilly: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership

RA Directory of Membership