Anthony Hilder was a sailor and painter from an early age.
First in dinghies in the Thames, he progressed on to cruisers in his twenties.
His first cruiser was an Atalanta, wooden and twin keeled.
This he sailed with Heather his wife and baby daughters.
He progressed to larger and more modern yachts.
At the Medway club he moored Dingo and later Samavar cruising round England, France and Holland.
He and Heather also helped crew a friends 80ft yacht across the Atlantic to Antigua.
During all those years he sketched and later painted sea and yachting scenes.
His sailing days were cut short when he was injured 12 years ago.
Born in 1936, he died at home on 10th October 2023.
He was also a designer for racing cars. Brabham, McClaren and Piper.
A versatile, prolific painter and designer, son of the artists Rowland Hilder and Edith Blenkiron. He graduated with first-class honours from Goldsmiths’ College School of Art, 1961, having studied painting, lithography, etching and design under his father, Sam Rabin and Ivor Roberts-Jones. Flemming then produced racing car designs for clients including Jack Brabham and Bruce McLaren, in 1970 returning to full-time painting. He was a keen yachtsman, manned many vessels and maintained his own yacht on the Medway. Travelled extensively in Europe, often working on the spot, using traditional techniques and a modern palette. Took part in many mixed shows, including RA, RI, RSMA, Wapping Group of Artists, at Cowes Gallery in the Isle of Wight and widely elsewhere in London and the provinces.