STEVENS, Henry Potter

1875 - 1965

Henry Potter Stevens, was born at Park Lane, London on 28 February 1875, eldest child of Henry William Stevens, a vetinary surgeon, and his wife Emma née Potter, who married at Wandsworth in 1873. In 1881, a 6 year old, living at 9 Park Lane, Mayfair with his parents, Henry 42 and Emma 36, with his two siblings Fanny 4 and and William 2, both born in London. Henry went up to Oxford to read Chemistry where he gained a First in 1896 this was immediately followed by a PhD from Heidelberg University in Germany in 1899. He excelled in his profession and soon became a prominent chemist for the rubber industry and published two academic books 'The Paper Mill Chemist' (1908) and 'Rubber' (1915) and was a consultant to the Rubber Growers Association for over thirty years up to the start of the Second World War. He married at Kettering, Northamptonshire in 1904, Edith Moore née Meadows, and in 1911 a 36 year old analytical chemist living at 16 Brookfield Park, Highgate Road, London with his 32 year old wife and their 1 year old son, Philip Rose Stevens, born St Pancras, London. He married secondly at Croydon in 1925, Dorothy Ann Dexter (1902-1987) and in 1939 an analytical chemist, living at Mills Farm, Redisham, Beccles, Suffolk with his wife Dorothy (1902-1987). Successful career aside, he was also a talented painter and his watercolours were so widely-acclaimed that this hobby culminated in an exhibition of a few of his paintings at the Royal Academy and he also exhibited at Colnagi's and in the provinces. A member of Ipswich Art Club 1942-1953 from Mills Farm, Redisham, Beccles, Suffolk exbibiting five watercolours in 1941, 'Winter Sunshine', 'A Gloomy Day', 'Winter's Day', 'The Three Elms' and 'The Main Road' and seven the following year 'Ruth', 'Charlotte', 'The Road to the Common', 'Syleham', 'Sunlit Woodland', 'The Farm' and 'Storm', six works in 1944 'The Lower Gates, Stoke-by-Nayland', 'The Plantation', 'The Dart near Totnes', 'Townley Road, Dulwich', 'After the Harvest' and 'Kew Gardens' and was a regular exhibitor. Also a member of the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle 1946-1960 from Redisham. He died at Mills Farm, Redisham, Beccles on 3 January 1965, aged 89. He was the major collector and expert on Japanese inrô (to carry identity seals and medicine) as well as his collections of Chinese art, scientific instruments and gentleman's accessories, the former dispersed in a posthumous sale at Sotheby's in 1966, his collection of inrô was sold by Bonham's on 19 October 2012.





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