SLOCOMBE, Shirley Charles Llewellyn

1872 - 1935

Shirley Slocombe

Shirley Charles Llewellyn Slocombe was born at Islington, London on 14 August 1872, son of artist & etcher (Frederick) Albert Slocombe (c.1838-13 July 1920) and his wife Elizabeth Ann née Griffith (c.1832-15 December 1920), who married at Conway, Caernarvonshire on 29 August 1866. The 1891 census gives them living at The Green, Hampstead and birth years, Alfred born 1838, Elizabeth Annie 1832 with children Theresa Maria 1868, Alfred J. G. 1871, Shirley 1873 and twins Elizabeth Annie and Jennie Alice 1876. In 1881, Shirley was an 8-year-old, living at 2 West End Green, Hampstead, London with his parents 41(sic) year old Frederick and 43(sic) year old Elizabeth and his four siblings, Theresa Maria 13, Alfred 10, Elizabeth Wellesley, and Jane both 5, all born at Hampstead, with his mother-in-law Ann Griffith 82. Shirley Slocombe studied at the Highbury Institute & School of Art and at the Royal Academy Schools from 26 January 1892 until January 1897 and where he won the Landseer Scholarship in 1894. In 1891, together with his brother Alfred, illustrated a series of illustrations of Stradivari violins for Hill & Sons of 38 New Bond Street, London. He also exhibited at the Institute of Painters in Oil Colour and the Paris Salon and was elected an Associate Member of the Royal College of Art in 1901, remaining an Associate until 1917. In 1901, a 28 year old artist, lodging at 40 Abingdon Villas, Kensington, London and was a frequent visitor to the home of the Fraser's of Ipswich, owners of a large furniture store and Shirley was a member of Ipswich Art Club 1897-1902 and exhibiting from 3 Scarsdale Studio's, Stratford Road, Kensington in 1898, 'Albert Slocombe, Esq. R.A.' and in 1900 'J. B. Fraser, Esq.' [Joseph Brownsmith Fraser (1843-1918)], 'A Gem of the Deep' and 'Minnie' and in 1901 'Joy' and 'Day Dreams' all oils. He married at Kensington, London in 1910, Norwich born Georgina Maria Skipper (8 January 1874-1 August 1950), widow of Frederick James Mellersh (1854-1907), and in 1911 he was living at 160 Cromwell Road, Kensington with his 36-year-old wife and where their only child, Claude Clarence Orme who was born on 7 August 1911. Shirley Slocombe illustrated Percy MacQuoid's 'History of English Furniture (1904) which went into four volumes by 1908. Shirley Charles Llewelyn Slocombe died at Kensington, London on 20 December 1935, aged 63 and buried in West Brompton Cemetery. In 1939, his widow was living at 5/6 Observatory Gardens, Kensington.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from Cumberland House, West End, Hampstead
1893 1441 Minnie - drawing
1895 838 The late W. E. Hill, Esq.
from 3 Scotsdale Studios, Stratford Road, Kensington
1896 142 My father
1901 544 The Marchioness of Exeter
         580 The Marquess of Zetland, K.T.
1903 30 Sir William Huggins, K.C.B., president of the Royal Society
1904 838 Lord Hawke
1906 293 Mrs George Hubbard
1907 418 George Hubbard, Esq.

There has been noted by the Burghley Collection of a Shirley C. L. Slocombe (1849-1923) but nothing can be discovered in Birth Marriage & Death and other official records of him.

Works by This Artist