ARMITAGE, Thomas Liddall

1855 - 1924

Thomas Liddall Armitage was born at Knowsley Terrace, Boundary Lane, West Derby, Liverpool in 1855, fourth child of Thomas Liddall Armitage (1819-1867), a commercial clerk, and his wife Mary Stubbs (1819-1886), a schoolteacher and third daughter of Lewis Stubbs, a broker of Liverpool, who married at Wavertree, Lancashire on 16 September 1845. In 1861, young Thomas was a 6-year-old, living at Court 7, 9 Shambles Street, Barnsley, Yorkshire with his parents, 42-year-old Thomas and 42-year-old Mary, with four siblings Jane Baron 12, Mary 9, John Edward 8 and William Henry 3. Young Thomas married at Silkstone parish church, Wortley, Yorkshire on 6 June 1878, Kate Marshall Wells (1 June 1856-1942) and in 1881 Thomas was described as a 'grocer & wine merchant' while on a visit to friends at Ossett-with-Gawthorpe, Yorkshire. As an artist, he must have spent some time in France, where he had a will drawn up in Paris dated 9 January 1886 with the main beneficiary being his wife. In 1891, a 35-year-old artist, living at 43 Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill, Kensington, London with his 34-year-old wife Kate and a 3-year-old son, Edward Liddall, born at Kensington. A member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1890-1897, exhibiting from 43 Blenheim Crescent in 1890, two oils 'A Rocky Shore' and 'A Rustic Belle' and six others 'The Apple Gatherers', 'Marguerite', 'In the Shade', 'An Anxious Watcher', 'A Sunny Shore' and 'By the Summer Sea', but did not exhibit again during his eight-year membership. In 1891 he exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery; Manchester City Art Gallery and in 1891 at the Royal Academy. In 1911, a 55-year-old artist still at 43 Blenheim Crescent with his wife and now two sons and had staying with them artists, 42-year-old Robert Christie (1870-1928) and his 47-year-old artist wife Lily Wrangel Christie (1861-1948) and 23-year-old artist Émile Antoine Verpilleux and his wife Grace, who came from Felixstowe, Suffolk. Thomas Liddall Armitage died at Blenheim Crescent, Kensington, London on 16 April 1924, aged 69, and his wife died in the Brentwood district, Essex in 1942, aged 86. His son Edward Liddall Armitage (1887-1967) was a stained-glass artist.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 43 Blenheim Crescent, Kensington
1891 264 When we were Young

Works by This Artist