LADELL, Edward

1821 - 1886

Edward Ladell

Born at Hasketon, Suffolk on 12 April and baptised on 12 June 1821, son of Christmas Ladell (1792-1874) and his wife Mary née Birch who by 1841, they had moved to Colchester, Essex where Christmas Ladell was a coachbuilder on East Hill. Edward originally followed in his father's trade and was basically a self taught artist who became recognised for his faithful depictions of arranged fruit and objects in his still-life paintings using the same articles over and over again - a wine glass, fruit, flowers, and sometimes a bird's nest, a casket, or carved mug and other objects, on a marble ledge draped with an oriental rug. His work was much sought after and often ensured flattering notices from the leading representative journals. He married a Colchester girl in 1848, 26 year old Julianna Roone and in 1861 they were living at 15 East Hill, Colchester but Julianna died later that year leaving a small daughter Kate. He married again at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk in 1878, 23 year old Ellen Maria Levett [Ladell q.v.] who was also a still life artist, they also had one son Kenwyn Ladell, born in Torquay, who in 1901 was a 21 year old railway clerk, boarding at 60 Mallinson Road, Battersea. A regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy between 1856-1886 as well as the British Institute and Suffolk Street. After a couple of years in Torquay, in 1879 they moved to Exeter, Devon where he died at his home 99 Sidwell Street, Exeter in 1886. His works can be found in museums in Bristol City Art Gallery; Colchester and Essex Museum; Exeter, Royal Albert Memorial Museum and in galleries in Harrogate; Reading and Sheffield.

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