During his studies at the Slade School of Fine Art, between 1922-1925, William Dring won several prizes and scholarships. Later he would teach drawing and painting at the Southampton School of Art, at which time he also established himself as a portrait artist. In 1942, he resigned from the Southampton School of Art in order to work for the War Artists’ Advisory Committee.
Known as a sympathetic portrait painter, Dring’s sitters ranging from his family to the Prince of Wales in 1973. He became an associate of the Royal Society of Painters in Water-Colours in 1942, an associate member of the Royal Academy in 1944 and a full Royal Academician in 1955.
The University Art Collection holds three portraits by William Dring.