SLOCOMBE, Shirley Charles Lewelyn

1872 - 1935

Shirley Charles Lewelyn Slocombe, was born at Islington, London in September 1872, son of artist & etcher Frederick Albert Slocombe (1847-13 July 1920) and his wife Elizabeth Ann née Griffith, who married at Conway, Caernarvonshire in 1866. In 1881, an 8 year old, living at 2 West End Green, Hampstead, London with his parents 41(sic) year old Frederick and 43 year old Elizabeth and his four siblings, Theresa Maria 13, Alfred 10, Elizabeth and Jane both 5, all born at Hampstead, with his mother-in-law Ann Griffith 82. Slocombe studied at the Highbury Institute & School of Art and at the Royal Academy Schools from 26 January 1892 until January 1897 and where he won the Landseer Scholarship in 1894. In 1891, together with his brother Alfred, illustrated a series of illustrations of Stradivari violins for Hill & Sons of 38 New Bond Street, London. He also exhibited at the Institute of Painters in Oil Colour and the Paris Salon and was elected an Associate Member of the Royal College of Art in 1901, remaining an Associate until 1917. In 1901, a 28 year old artist, lodging at 40 Abingdon Villas, Kensington, London and was a frequent visitor to the home of the Fraser's of Ipswich, owners of an Ipswich furniture store and was a member of Ipswich Art Club 1897-1902 and exhibited from 3 Scarsdale Studio's, Stratford Road, Kensington in 1898, 'Albert Slocombe, Esq. R.A.' and in 1900 'J. B. Fraser, Esq.' [Joseph Brownsmith Fraser (1843-1918)], 'A Gem of the Deep' and 'Minnie' and in 1901 'Joy' and 'Day Dreams' all oils. He married at Kensington in 1910, Norwich born Georgina Maria Skipper (8 January 1874-1 August 1950), widow of Frederick James Mellersh (1854-1907), and in 1911 were residing at 160 Cromwell Road, Kensington with his 36 year old wife where their only child, Claude Clarence Orme was born on 7 August 1911. Shirley Slocombe illustrated Percy MacQuoid's 'History of English Furniture (1904) which went into four volumes by 1908. He died at Kensington, London in 1935, aged 63 and in 1939, his widow was living at 5/6 Observatory Gardens, Kensington.

There has been noted another Shirley C. L. Slocombe (1849-1923) but nothing can be discovered in Birth Marriage & Death and other official records of him.




Works by This Artist