From the main biography page of this site:
Cheltenham "Gentleman's" College (Cheltenham College)
Jasper: "Then, I went to a military school at age about 14." (The year
was 1944, during the Second World War). "I got to like some of my contemporaries and
started to paint, though I had an art teacher (Arthur Bell) who thought Monet was
daring. Impressionism was still a frightening phenomenon. It was a
gentleman's school [Cheltenham Gentleman's College, Cheltenham,
Gloucestershire], so we were taught not to lie and to be kind to
people, and that character was more important than intellect. Although
there was a group of boys who formed a sinister club that listened to
Jasper: "I began to dread that the war wouldn't stop before I had to
fight in it. And, then I was in." (Jasper started serving in the
Royal Army in 1948, and by that time the war was over).
"They thought I was officer material. I didn't. I would avoid bayonet
practice, and close my eyes and deliberately miss. Two months later I
was an education officer on my way to the Far East."
Above: The main entrance and
central administration building of Cheltenham College (also known as
Cheltenham College, but not to be confused with Cheltenham Ladies
College) built in the style of Tudor Revival Architecture in the
middle of the 19th century. This picture is from 1910, and this is the
way the building still looked when Jasper attended. See the next photo
for the numbered comments concerning the architectural details and
commentary on the "War Memorial."
main entrance and central administration building of Cheltenham
College as it appeared in 2019. (The College is now co-educational,
but Cheltenham Ladies College still exists). The building has been
very significantly altered, with many of the Tudor Revival
Architectural features being removed since Jasper was a student
1. Turret-shaped chimney pots
vs. All have been entirely removed (2019 view)
2. Rose window of stained glass
vs. Clock that has been added (2019 view)
3. Finials: Tall vs.
Short (2019 view)
4. Pinnacles vs. All
have been entirely removed (2019 view)
across from the front of the entrance is the War Memorial dedicated to
'Fifty-four Old Cheltonians” who died in "the South African War
1899-1902" (also known as the Second Boer War.) The British Empire
suffered 22,000 total dead in that war. This contrasts with World War
I (just 12 years later) in which the British Empire suffered 900,000
dead. Jasper’s father William Rose, fought for Britain in World War I
with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and the Machine Gun Corps. He
experienced the unprecedented horrors of modern industrialized warfare
with Germany on the Western Front. Nevertheless, after the war William
went on to have an academic career that centered on German Literature,
and sent Jasper to a school that had a military program. However,
Jasper said the military program at Cheltenham was not as serious as
it might have been. The military program only took up one day a week,
and the teachers taught other quite civilized subjects on all the
other days. William was on active duty with the British Army in the
war against Germany in World War II when Jasper started school at
Cheltenham at age 14.
Postcard of Cheltenham College that is contemporary with Jasper’s
attendance. It is quite possible that Jasper is one of the students
seen in this postcard. Note the student formations and goal posts
because we will see them again in some of Jasper’s portraits. The
upper part of the main entrance and central administration building
can be seen, and it is still topped-off with the Tudor Revival
turret-shaped chimney pots. The two largest buildings are the Dining
Hall (towards the center) and the Chapel (toward the right).
Above: The same sepia-toned
postcard scene as it looked in 2019 in a color photo. The upper
part of the main entrance and central administration building can be
seen, but the Tudor Revival turret-shaped chimney pots have been
the left, Arthur Bell, 1943. Jasper’s most beloved teacher of all of
his student days. Arthur thought Monet was daring and Impressionism
was still a frightening phenomenon. On the right, another portrait of
Arthur Bell, R W A, 1943. In this portrait, Jasper added the initials
R W A, which stand for Royal West of England Academy in Bristol, which
is a regional Royal Academy of Art.
the left, Frank Halliday, mid-1940s. He is shown organizing students
at P.T. (Physical Training) in a way that is strikingly similar to the
sepia-toned photo that appears above. Jasper: “He was in charge of all
the athletics… But then, he inherited some money and left the school,
and went on to become a very very well known Shakespeare scholar.” The
building behind him in the portrait is the Gymnasium. On the right,
J.S. (Jesse) Bond, 1944. He was a very sweet teacher who collected
contemporary English art.
The Gymnasium building which appears in the background of Frank
the left, Sgt. Algy Dwyer, 1943. Besides teaching students how to
march in military formation, he also taught painting and drawing. “You
can see the level of his refinement to the Nth degree” said Jasper of
this portrait. On the right, a close-up of the sepia-toned postcard
seen previously, in which there appears to be an adult in a military
uniform striding across the athletic field. Is it perhaps Sgt. Algy
panoramic view of the Cheltenham Gentleman’s College athletic field
and main campus buildings as seen in 2019. The buildings on the very
far left are behind Sgt. Algy Dwyer’s portrait. The next building is
the Gymnasium which is behind Frank Halliday’s portrait. The next
buildings include the Dining Hall and Chapel which appear in the
sepia-toned postcard of the students at P.T. (Physical Training).
Jasper once described how he had to pump air into the Chapel's organ
and how that process would very from quite pedestrian to madly frantic
depending on the musical passages being played.
the left is Eric Lamplaugh, 1945-8. Note the goal post on the athletic
field. The two towers in the background are probably a reference to
the Gymnasium building. He was Jasper’s housemaster at Leconfield
House at Cheltenham College. Jasper said he was "a very sweet man,"
and noted that Eric’s wife Madge was a “very keen painter.” On the
right is Rebbeck and Wood, students at Leconfield House. Note the "CC"
for Cheltenham College on their sweaters. A very rough outline of Leconfield House appears in the background of the painting.
Leconfield House circa 1900.
Leconfield House in 2019
Jasper sang in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers at the nearby
Cheltenham Ladies’ College, which was led by Miss Rowley (seen on the
left). Princess Hall (seen on the right) is where Jasper performed at
the Ladies’ College. The stage has a magnificent frieze painted in
1901, by “Mr. J. Eadie Reid,” a faculty member of their Art Department
which depicts “eleven inspiring women from literature, history and
Cheltenham College Dining Hall as it appeared in 2019.
Above: Map of England showing
the location of Cheltenham, and other cities in England where Jasper
resided, and the University of London where his father William
Rose was a professor. Oxford is also shown to highlight its proximity
to Abingdon and Sutton Courtenay where Jasper spent part of his
childhood and early years as a student.
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