BATLEY, Walter Daniel

1850 - 1936

Walter Daniel Batley, was born at Westgate Street, Ipswich in 1850, second son of the five children of Henry Baring Batley (1809-1863), a plumber & glazier, and his wife Maria née Orford (1819-1904). Owing to Walter’s poor health due to catching smallpox, in 1860 the family purchased a seaside cottage at Felixstowe where Walter lived with his mother who became a widow in 1863, but they retained a home in Ipswich. A student at Ipswich School of Art 1868-1873, living with his mother at 7 Norwich Road, Ipswich and went on to study at South Kensington and the Royal Academy schools, London and in 1874 was lodging with his brother Henry in London. In 1874, selected to copy the Raphael Cartoons for the government, and during the same year won the South Kensington’s Gold Medal for his fine black & white drawing of a cast of an antique figure. In 1875 he exhibited at the Royal Academy and sent work until 1901, including in 1887 from 12 St Matthew's Street, Ipswich 'A Silent Shore', 'Now May again Breaks Winter's Chain' and 'Time-Honoured Occupation'. He also exhibited at Liverpool Walker Art Gallery, Manchester City Art Gallery, the Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He married at St Matthew’s church, Ipswich on 21 December 1878, Catherine Emily (Katie) (1851-1939), second daughter of Buckingham Bird of 17 Westgate Street, Ipswich and their son Claude was born the following year. In 1879, an artist, figures & landscapes, of 3 King Street, Ipswich and a founder member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1876-1936, where in 1881 he exhibited amongst others ‘Knights Templars Monument, Westminster Abbey’ and exhibited from 12 St Matthews Street, Ipswich in 1883 eight items ‘The Two Homes’, ‘Old Crag Pit, Suffolk’, ‘Near Lucerne, Switzerland’, ‘Market at Berne’, ‘The Wood in Russet Mantle Clad’, ‘Source of the Reuse, St Gothard’s’, ‘Midsummer’s Night at Lucerne’ and a drawing ‘Henley Toll Gate' he also exhibited at the Bury St Edmunds Fine Art Society 'Under the Opening Eye of Dawn', 'Foxhall Heath' and others and in 1889 at the Woodbridge Art Exhibition four oils 'The Gipping at Blakenham', 'Silent Night', Companions through Silent Night' and 'Amid Lingering Light' He lived at 12 St Matthew's Street, Ipswich until 1900 when he moved to ‘Little Roundwood’, Sidegate Lane, Ipswich with his wife and four of his children, Wilfred, Eva Alice, Vera and Sybil from where he again exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club in 1915 five works, 'Bathers, Foxhall Heath', 'Bawdsey', 'Rising Mist', 'In a Wood' and 'Greenwich Farm Lane, Ipswich'. Walter, after living for a short time in Felixstowe where he exhibited from Westwood, Felixstowe in 1923 a watercolour 'Dawn on the North Sea' and two oils 'Sandy Lane, Ipswich' and 'Early Morning Spring', in 1928 finally settled at ‘The Anchorage’, 129 Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich from where in 1932 he exhibited an oil 'Gainsborough Lane' and a further two in 1933. He was also a member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle in 1932. He died at the Ipswich & East Suffolk Hospital on 29 September 1936. His wife Catherine followed on 10 October 1939, aged 88.

Works by This Artist