1897 - 1974

Peter Baxendale

Peter Baxendale was the pseudonym of Amy Beatrice Baxendale. As Amy Beatrice Grasby, she was born at Lamberth, London on 13 February 1897, second daughter of Edward Grasby (1863-1918), an ironmonger & cycle dealer, and his wife Elizabeth née Holt, who married at Northampton in 1891, Amy's elder sister was Alice Irene [Collyer] (1892-1968). In 1911, a 14 year old, living at 54 Beechdale Road, Brixton Hill, Lambeth with her parents, 48 year old Edward, born at Colsterworth, Lincoln and 48 year old Elizabeth, born at Southwark, London. She studied at Reading Art School, designing costumes and scenery, after which she specialised in portraits. She married at Chelsea, London in 1925, Basil Francis Baxendale. She later sought her subjects in the world of the circus and, to get material, she and her husband accompanied Mills's Tenting Show for two years, living in their own caravan. In 1930 they were living in Sussex Square, Brighton, Sussex also having an apartment in Bruton Square, London but by 1939. an artist, living at 60 Oswald House, Northgate, Beccles, Suffolk with her husband. As Peter Baxendale, she held many exhibitions of her works in both colour and black & white, including at Connell & Sons Gallery in 1933 and the Albany Galleries, and amongst her many distinguished sitters was the King of Spain in 1928 and Anna May Wong, the American-Chinese film star. Basil died at White Lodge, Monkwood Ropley, Hampshire on 11 September 1965 and Amy died at Swan Hotel, Alresford, Hampshire on 14 October 1974, they had an only daughter, Joanna-Marie, born at Brighton in 1927.

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