REEVE, Russell Sidney

1895 - 1970

Russell Sidney Reeve, was born at Hethersett, Norwich on 3 June 1895, eldest child of Thomas Sidney Reeve (25 October 1873-1957), a coachsmith, and his wife Alice Louisa née Davies (4 September 1871-1948), who married at Norwich in 1894 and in 1939 were living at West Cottage, Sproughton, near Ipswich. In 1911, 17 year old Russell was a surveyor's clerk, living at 69 Cambridge Street, Norwich with his parents, 37 year old Thomas and 39 year old Alice and three siblings, Clarence Victor [q.v.], Stanley Cyril [q.v.] and Ivy May 3. Educated at Cook's Place School, Norwich and was encouraged to paint from an early age studying at Norwich School of Art, later training to become an architect in the Norwich City Engineer's Department 1908-1914. During the First World War, whilst a Lieutenant with the Royal Engineers in France, his drawings came to the attention of Eric Kennington (1888-1960) and to William Rothenstein (1872-1945), who was later Principal of the Royal College of Art. Upon Russell's return to England, these two artists put Russell forward for a place at the Slade School of Fine Arts 1919-1922 under Philip Wilson Steer [q.v.] and Henry Tonks (1862-1937) and at the Royal College of Art. Reeve developed into a confident draughtsman and was awarded the first prize for figure drawing, the Orpen Bursary and the Robert Ross Scholarship. A watercolour and oil painter and an etcher, he exhibited at the Royal Academy; New English Art Club; Goupil Gallery; Royal Society of British Artists; London Group and in the provinces. His pictures 'The Concrete Mixer' and 'Unloading Timber' are typical of the industrial scenes he favoured. He also worked abroad painting convential landscapes, such as his picture of 'Cadaques, Port Algue, Spain' which is illustrated in 'Artists Country' by Holmes and Sandilands. A retrospective exhibition was held at Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich in 1992, and in 2004 Sotheby's of London held a studio sale at Olympia, London. Although Reeve made his home in London, much of his family lived in Suffolk and it was there that he drew the animals, landscapes and people that came to characterise his work. His later oeuvre became more European in theme and the people and landscapes of the Mediterranean featured heavily. A member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle 1919-1932 from Norwich and London and a member and exhibitor at the Ipswich Art Club 1923-1953, exhibiting from 31 Rudall Crescent, Hampstead, London in 1923, sevem works, three oils 'Portrait of the Artist's Brother', 'Still Life' and 'Lilac', a chalk drawing 'Burstall Cross Roads', two charcoals 'The River Chelmer' and 'Study of a Hard Worker' and an etching 'Meeting House Lane, Peckham', in 1931 a watercolour 'Winter, Pull's Ferry, Norwich', in 1933 two watercolours 'Red House Farm, Sproughton' and 'Cow and Calf', in 1934 'Winter, Pull's Ferry, Norwich' but in 1935 he exhibited from Pilgrim's Place House, Hampstead, two watercolours 'Half Moon Inn, Burstall' and 'Cinderella at the Theatre Royal, Norwich' he was exhibiting in 1943 'Apres Le Bain' and 'Ducks in Winter' and in 1944 'March in Hampstead Heath Garden' and 'The London-Ipswich Coach'. He married at Norwich in 1922, Lucy Boag (5 August 1897-5 January 1964) and in 1939 was a landscape & portrait painter,living at Pilgrims Place House, Rosslyn Hill, Hampstead, London with his wife Lucy. He was of 24 St Anne's Terrace, St John's Wood, London when he died in the Samford district of Suffolk on 1 April 1970. The Tate Gallery, the V & A Museum, the Imperial War Museum, as well as at the City of Bradford and City of Sheffield Museums and the Government Art Collections have all acquired his work.








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