SUMMERS, Gerald

1886 - 1969

Gerald Summers

Gerald Summers, was born at Mottram in Longdendale, Stalybridge, Cheshire on 10 March 1886, son of John Summers, ironmaster, and his wife Ada Jane née Broome, who married at Oldham, Lancashire in 1881. In 1891, living at 'Inglewood', Mottram Road, Stalybridge, Cheshire with his parents, 34 year old John and 29 year old Ada Jane and siblings Kathleen 8, John Broome 6 and Ada Norah 3, all born at Stalybridge. Gerald studied at Slade School of Fine Art 1905-1909 and was a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1909-1911 giving his address at Inglewood, Stalybridge but does not seem to have exhibited and, returning to London, lodged at 6 York Street, St James, Westminster. He married Chelsea Old Church, London in September 1912, the well-known artist Nora Munro (19 March 1892-26 December 1948) after which they led a Bohemian lifestyle including a friendship with Augustus John (1878-1961). After his First World War service in France, in 1923 they settled at Ferndown, Dorset where he took up toy and furniture making. In 1939, an artist, living at 'Greenworlds', Wimborne Road, Wimborne, Dorset with his wife Nora. He exhibited at the New English Art Club; Chenil and Redfern Galleries and Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, having a solo exhibition at Paterson Gallery in 1930. His wife Nora, who became an alcoholic, died at Bournemouth in 1948 aged 56 and Gerald died at Green Worlds, Wimborne Road, Ferndown, Dorset on 12 December 1969.




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