The son of an English pharmacist, Ginner was born and educated in France. He worked on a tramp steamer and then in a Parisian architect’s office before enrolling at the Académie Vitti in 1904 and studying briefly at the École des Beaux-Arts. By 1910 he had settled in London, where he formed close friendships with Spencer Gore and Harold Gilman.

Charles Ginner CBE ARA