OBITUARY:Roy Beddington

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May I add to the excellent obituary of Roy Beddington [by James Fergusson, 6 June]? writes Dr John Horder.

He taught me how to paint better. (I was one of his only two pupils, he said. The other was his daughter the painter Sarah Beddington.) I am grateful not only for his skill, but especially for the humility which allowed him to enter into a pupil's ways and thence to make invaluable suggestions about some general principle or some apparent detail which proved crucial. His comments were always sensitive and encouraging.

His approach to teaching contrasts with my experience of comments by better-known artists who happened to my patients. They would have me copy their own style or methods, which was impossible.