RICHTER, Herbert Davis

1874 - 1955

Herbert Davis Richter, was born at Brighton, Sussex on 10 May 1874, fourth son of Prussian émigré Fred[e]rick William Richter (c1834-9 April 1908), a stud groom, and his wife Sarah née Davis (1839-7 July 1916), who married at St Nicholas Church, Brighton on 5 September 1860. Herbert studied furniture design at Bath School of Art before setting himself up in business in Bath, Somerset as an architect and designer 1895-1906 and he won a silver medal for the Bath Cabinet Maker's Company at the Paris Exhibition in 1900. In 1901, a 26 year old furniture designer, living with at Cresthill Cottage, Charlcombe, Bath with his parents 67 year old Frederick, a retired stud groom, and 62 year old Sarah with sibling sister Florence Sarah 30, born at Brighton. He married at Birmingham in 1907, Florence Gertrude Barber (22 November 1879-14 December 1960), who was also successful artist, and they went to reside in London where Richter continues his studies, at the age of 32 enrolling at Lambeth College and the London School of Art where he studied under John MacAllan Swan (1846-1910) and Frank William Brangwyn (1867-1956) and where he became a still-life teacher. In 1911, a 36 year old painter artist, living at 45 Redcliffe Square, Kensington with his 31 year old wife Florence. An artist who worked in many mediums including oil, watercolour and pastel and master of many genres including still life, architectural studies, figures and interiors. Richter painted several scenes in Buckingham Palace also the homes of many society figures of his day and exhibited his work at the major London Galleries including the Royal Academy; Royal Institute; Paris Salon and leading venues in the provinces including exhibiting at the Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1923, two oils 'An Indian Shawl' and 'La Place de Bruel, Le Puy', in 1932 from 5 Redcliffe Square, South Kensington an oil, 'July', in 1933 an oil 'A Studio Interior' and in 1935 an oil 'Williams' and a watercolour 'The Old Town, Ipswich'. In 1937 he contributed to L'Exposition Internationale de Paris, being awarded a Gold Medal. Richter was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists in 1910, the Pastel Society in 1916, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1917, the Royal Institute in 1920, the Royal British Colonial Society of Artists in 1927 and the Royal Watercolour Society in 1937. Up until his death he was living at 5 Redcliffe Square, Kensington and died at St Mary's Hospital, Kensington on 21 August 1955. His estate was declared at £21,487 which he left to his widow Florence. He signed his works 'H. Davis Richter'. The Art Of H. Davis Richter (1935).

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