CULMER, Alban Russell

1882 - 1970

Alban Russell Culmer, was born at Islington, London on 20 April 1882, eldest son and second child of Thomas William Culmer (1851-1933), wholesale artist brush maker, and his wife Eliza Robertson Grinder née Kennedy (1856-1941), who married at Islington in 1879. In 1901, Alban was an 18 year old artist brush maker, living at 2 Woodview Villa, Archway Road, Hornsey, Middlesex with his parents, 49 year old Thomas and 44 year old Eliza with six siblings, Mary 20, Michael 16, Harold 12, Arthur 9 and Grace 8. By 1911, they had moved to Ashington Hall, Ashington, Essex. He married at Rochford, Essex in 1912, Gwladis M. Barnes and they had four children. The family firm was Culmak Ltd., which moved to Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1920. A member of the Ipswich Art Club from 1946 until his death, exhibiting from The Old Rectory, Orford, Suffolk in 1946, two oil paintings 'Nocturne' and 'Band Concert in the Rain, Bruges', the following year he exhibited from Brook House, Woodbridge, two oils 'Orford Quay' and 'Mirror'd in the Water Clear' and a watercolour 'Orford. Februrary 1947'; in 1948 he exhibited two oils 'The Old Tide Mill, Woodbridge' and 'Blakeney, Norfolk', in 1949 two oils 'Easter Fair, Woodbridge' and 'Tide Mill, Woodbridge' and a watercolour 'Eventide' and in 1950 two oils 'Boyton Dock' and 'Sky over the Deben'. A regular annual exhibitor and in 1967 he was exhibiting from Turn Lane Cottage, Woodbridge, his last posthumous showings were in the Centenary Show in 1974 two oils 'River Colne' and 'Gathering Seaweed'. Alban was also an exhibitor in London. Alban died at Turn Lane Cottage, Woodbridge, Suffolk on 22 May 1970. During the 1960's the company Addis Ltd, then one of the largest shaving brush manufacturers in England, was sold to Addis Ltd., and moved to Hertford.