well known artists from the past whose local scenes are shown on this website
arranged in approximately chronological order
1748 - 1849
Peter de Wint was a famous English landscape artist who lived in London and Lincoln. His pictures are in the National Gallery, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and 32 of his works are in The Tate Gallery. He was born at Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, of Dutch ancestry. He moved to London in 1802, and was apprenticed to portrait painter John Raphael Smith. He bought his freedom from apprenticeship in 1806, on condition that he supply eighteen oil paintings to Smith. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1807. By that time, as an established drawing-master, he was spending his summers teaching well-to-do provincial families. He frequently visited his wife's home city of Lincoln, and many of his panoramic landscapes and haymaking scenes are set in Lincolnshire.
1775 - 1802
Thomas Girtin was an English painter and etcher who played a key role at the time in establishing watercolour as a reputable art form, and was a friend and rival of JMW Turner. He was born in Southwark, London, the son of a well-to-do brush maker of Huguenot descent. He became a friend of Turner in his teenager years and they were both employed to colour prints with watercolours. His architectural and topographical sketches and drawings established his reputation and he exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1794.
James Baylis Allen
1803 - 1876
James Allen was a leading English landscape artist and engraver who perfected the technique of engraving on steel plates, and was known for a wide variety of landscape engravings. He was a born in Birmingham in April 1803, the son of Joseph Allen, button manufacturer. He was apprenticed to his elder brother Josiah, also an engraver in 1818. He first exhibited at RSBA in 1833. He frequently produced engravings from J M Turner and W H Bartlettʼs drawings.
William Henry Bartlett
1809 - 1854
William Henry Bartlett, who was born in London, was apprenticed at the age of 13 to the architect and antiquarian John Britton (1771-1857). He worked for him as a journeyman providing both architectural and detailed landscapes sketches, making him one of the greatest illustrators of topography of his generation. He travelled all over Britain and in the mid 1840s in the Balkans and the Middle East. Between 1835 and 1852 he made four visits to the United States in order to draw the buildings, towns and scenery of the North-eastern states. Bartlett was the author of numerous works including two books on the United States, one containing original chronicles of the Pilgrims. Bartlett's work which merits great attention can be seen in institutions such as the British Museum, V&A in London and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.
1815 - 1895
Probably the most famous Maldon artist. Orphaned at the age of eight, he was apprenticed to a Maldon painter and decorator before attending the Royal Academy as a student in 1837. Working in Maldon he painted many equestrian and sporting subjects, landscapes, still life and portraits. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Society of British Artists. He also painted many horse portraits for private patrons. There are paintings of his hanging in the Plume Library, Beeleigh Abbey, All Saints Church and The United Reformed Church in Maldon.
Alfred Bennett Bamford
1857 - 1939
Alfred Bamford was born in Romford, Essex. He was a student at the Camden School of Art, and had a painting accepted by the Royal Academy for the first time in 1883. He was a contemporary of Louis Burleigh Bruhl, with whom he often exhibited, who also lived in Romford. In 1907 he became the art master at the newly established Chelmsford County High School for Girls.There are over 300 of his watercolour paintings in the Essex Records Office.
Fred Roe was born in Cambridge, the son of Robert Henry Roe, painter and engraver; He studied at Heatherley School of Fine Art. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1877, was elected to the RBA in 1895, then to the Royal Institute of British Painters in 1909. He is best known for his large historical compositions set in period costumes and his work can be found in many public collections including the National Portrait Gallery in London. He was the author of several books: A History of Oak Furniture, Ancient Church Chests and Chairs, Essex survivals: with special attention to Essex smugglers. He illustrated many other books, from which the sketches shown are taken.
Charles Henry Baskett
Landscape painter and etcher Charles Henry Baskett was born in Colchester, Essex, the son of still life painter and etcher Charles Edward Baskett (1845-1929). He is best known for his English coastal landscapes, and marine and river scenes. He exhibited 24 works at the RA between 1910 and 1930. He also exhibited at the RE, Paris Salon and elsewhere. He was elected ARE in 1911 and RE in 1918. Was Principal of Chelmsford School of Science and Art until his retirement in 1932. The British Museum holds a large number of his works.
Louis Burleigh Bruhl
1861 - 1942
Louis Burleigh Bruhl was born in Baghdad. His success as an artist led to his becoming a member of the RBA in 1897. Burleigh Bruhl exhibited works at; RA, RBA, RCA, The Fine Art Society, Walkerʼs Galleries in London and Liverpool, Grosvenor Gallery and more. Burleigh Bruh lived both at Watford and Romford. He was president of the Watercolour Society and famous for his railway posters and book illustrations.
Adam E Horne
1883 - 1955
From 1943-1946 Adam E Horne contributed illustrations and a column for the Essex Chronicle and Essex Newsman Herald under the title of "The Dear Homeland". His Essex scenes and commentary were highly evocative and emotive for servicemen in foreign parts and they inundated the artist and newspaper with letters of support and requests for more. Many of these scenes were in the Witham-Braintree area. A person with the same name worked at Marconi in Chelmsford during that period and who died in the 1951 - it could have been the artist.
1883 - 1959
James McBey is a famous Scottish artist, known for his Great War drawings and was an official war artist in France and Palestine. After the war he took a studio in London and for a time his etchings fetched high prices, and he exhibited in galleries across the country, including the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts. Disillusioned by a lack of appreciation of his work at home, he spent much time travelling abroad, and bought a house in Tangiers. In later life he concentrated more on portraits, some of his best-known subjects being associated with the Arab world, including T E Lawrence and King Feisal. He became an American citizen in 1939.
1903 - 1974
Claude Muncaster was a marine and landscape artist in oils and watercolour, and also a lecturer and writer. He was born at West Chiltington, Sussex, son of Oliver Hall, R.A. He first exhibited under the name of Grahame Hall, but from 1923 as Claude Muncaster. From 1921 he exhibited at the Royal Academy. He served in the RNVR from 1940 to 1944, advising on camouflage. He was commissioned to do a series of watercolours of royal residences in 1946.
1912 - 1972
Rowland Suddaby was born in Kimberworth, Yorkshire. He studied at the Sheffield College of Art from 1926, and moved to London in 1931 aged nineteen. After the outbreak of World War II Suddaby moved with his wife Elizabeth and daughter to the Suffolk countryside near Sudbury. He found the landscape and coastline of East Anglia an inspiration for the pictures for which he is most widely known. During the 1940s and 1950s he produced still life painting which became popular with visitors to shows at the Colchester Art Society, of which he was a founder member. Suddaby's work was acquired by many prominent collectors and public bodies, including the V& A Museum. There are 24 examples in the Government Art Collection.
Marcus Holly Ford
1915 - 1989
Marcus Ford is a well know East Anglian landscape artist. He was born in Forest Gate London, was president of Upminster art society and member of the Wapping Group. In later life he moved to Aldebrough in Suffolk and painted many Suffolk and Norfolk scenes.
Charles Grigg Tait
1915 - 1995
Charles Tait was a Maldon Grammar school teacher for many years and wrote several books, including:
The Changed Face of Maldon and Heybridge - library ref: E.MAL.942.085 (146 sketches)
The Parish Churches of South East Essex - library refs: E.726.5, 942.67, E.726.5 (104 sketches)
H M Paterson
H M Peterson was probably Herbert Paterson of Little Baddow, however nothing else is known of him other that he produces a set of drawings of Essex villages in the 1920s. Many of them are held in the Essex Records Office.
Peter Padfield is a very well known naval historian and biographer who lived at 18 Fish Street in the 1960s while writing two of his earliest books and working in nautical journalism. He then moved to Woodbridge, where he still lives. He is also an extremely accomplished artist and whilst living in Goldhanger he drew many sketches. One of his sketches was used in the Goldhanger Millennium Calendar that was produced and sold in the village in 1999 to raise funds for St Peterʼs Church restoration work.
A collection of Peterʼs drawings are at... www.guypadfield.com/ppadfield/sketchbook.html
and many other examples of the work of all these artists can be found with a Google image search using their names
The two large Victorian oil paintings that hang in St Peters Church, are remarkably good reproductions of the work of Bartolome Murillo (1617-1682). Murillo was a Spanish painter active for most his life in Seville. More information about him and the paintings is at. . . Oil Paintings in St Peters Church