Geoffrey Rhoades married Joan Jenner in the mid 1930’s. They met at a Royal College Ball. Although Geoffrey studied at the Slade (more prestigious than the College at the time) one of his intimate friends, Percy Horton, was at the College. Geoffrey, Percy, his wife Lydia and Joan became very close friends until the end of their lives. Joan came from Lewes in Sussex, was very intelligent, only not experiencing university education because her divorced parents could not afford it. She made a distinguished career as a secretary, her final appointment being as secretary to the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art,
University of Oxford with Percy Horton as Ruskin Master. Geoffrey also taught there as has their son Peter who was born in 1938. Joan died in 2002, aged 97, in the house in Cuddington which she had shared with Geoffrey and subsequently with Peter, his wife his second wife Jane and their two children.
Born in Brighton, Percy Horton attended the School of Art there from 1912-1916. During the First World War he became a conscientious objector and was sentenced to two years’ hard labour in Calton Prison, Edinburgh, from 1916-18. After the war,
he took up his studies again at the Central School of Art 1918-20 and the Royal College of Art 1922-24. Joan Jenner had a distinguished career as secretary to the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford, where Percy Horton
was Ruskin Master. It was through the introduction of Percy Horton that Jenner met her future husband, the artist Geoffrey Rhoades, at a Royal College Ball, in the mid 1930s.