This exhibition will explore the life and art of Archibald Ziegler, who lived and worked in Hampstead from the 1950s onwards. After studying at the Central School of Arts and Crafts under Bernard Meninsky and training with Sir William Rothenstein at the Royal College of Art (1927-30) Ziegler began exhibiting his work at the Royal Academy in 1931. A major retrospective of his work was held in 1971 to mark the Hampstead Heath Centenary, and the exhibition at Burgh House will build on this legacy by drawing together a range of Ziegler’s work from private and public collections.
Ziegler’s life story is one of perseverance in the face of great adversity. Born in Plaistow in 1903 to Jewish immigrant parents from Lithuania,
he was motherless at 6 and orphaned at 14. Working from an early age to support himself, he always sketched whether at sea as a cook’s
assistant or on land as a saw maker. This eventually earned him a senior scholarship to the Royal College of Art in 1927 under Sir William
Rothenstein. His breakthrough came with a solo exhibition at the Whitechapel
Gallery in 1932. Ziegler's life was peppered with tragedy, and his career spanned from the early exhibition through to becoming the first living artist to exhibit at Kenwood House before his death in 1971.
Come to the exhibition to learn more of the fascinating life of this socialist artist and teacher.