WEST, Joseph Walter

1860 - 1933

Joseph Walter West was born at Hull, Yorkshire on 3 May 1860, son of Alfred West (c1823-9 February 1908), seed crusher & corn dealer, and his wife Sarah Ann née Petchell (11 July 1823-5 December 1897), who married at Friends' Meeting House, Lowgate, Hull on 10 September 1846. In 1861, Joseph was an 11-month-old baby, living at High Street, Swanland, East Riding, Yorkshire with his parents, 37-year-old Alfred and 37-year-old Sarah and his three siblings, Sophia Helena 7, Sarah Ann 6 and Thomas Henry 2. In 1881, a 20-year-old cashier, a visitor at Danthorpe, Hambledon, East Riding, Yorkshire, the home of his 34-year-old brother-in-law, Walter Stickney, a land agent & farmer of 1,130 acres, and his 24-year-old wife Sophia Stickney née West and their family. Joseph spent his early years at the engineering firm of Priestman Brothers of Hull and whilst working as a cashier, studied under Edwin Moore (1813-1893) at Bootham School in York. Having saved a modest amount from his wages at Hull, he proceeded to study at St John's Wood School of Art in 1883 then at the Royal Academy Schools 1884–1887 under Edwin Moore (1813-1893) and at the Académie Julian, Paris and in Italy. He married at Croydon, Surrey in 1891, Ada Caroline Wise (11 July 1860-12 March 1952) and after living at Croydon, Harrow, and Northwood, in 1911 was a 50-year-old artist painter in oil and watercolour, illustrator, engraver, living at The Vane, Uxbridge, Middlesex with his 50-year-old wife Ada and their four daughters, Iris Lilian Pechell 18, Marjorie Grace Halbourn 17, Sylvia Wyse 15 and Victoria Cicely Grafton 13. Painter, etcher, lithographer, and illustrator, working in many media, his subjects being animals, after which he turned to genre and about 1910 to landscape. Joseph exhibited over 30 works at the Royal Academy and as J. Walter West was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1893 when he exhibited from 5 West Hampstead Studios, Sheriff Road, London, four works 'On the Brink of a Catastrophe', 'A Sunshiny Shower', 'The Nightingale's Evensong' and 'When the Men are at the War' and was also a member of the Royal Society of Painters in Water Colour from 1904 and was a vice-president 1918-1920. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1890-1891 and exhibited from West Hampstead Studios, Sheriff Road in 1890, 'The Rising Moon'. When living at The Vane, Northwood, Middlesex, he spent his summer holidays sketching and painting in the Italian Lakes. Joseph Walter West died at The Vane, Northwood, Middlesex on 27 June 1933, aged 73 and his wife died at the same address in 1952. West also used the names of Walter West and J. Walter West and signed his works with a weathercock pointing west with the letters 'West'.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from Easton, Greenhill, Harrow
1885 1024 Repulse of the Enemy
from 5 West Hampstead Studios, Sherriff Road, Northwest London
1889 798 Workers and Players
1890 431 Little Gipsies
         741 Convalescence
         1309 A Cabstand - watercolour
1891 702 To Gretna Green
         1012 'Where the moonlit river wanders'
1893 89 'Many waters cannot quench love'
1894 219 The Coming of Arthur
from The Sundial, Northwood, Middlesex
1898 443 An Unwilling Accomplice
         1003 Married for Love
1900 250 The Pilllion
         1610 Illustration to a poem 'The Happy Isles' - etching
         1646 Illustration to a poem 'Love lies Bleeding' - etching
1901 1473 Illustration to a poem 'Among the Lupins' - etching
1903 183 The Miniature
1904 430 A Long Story
1905 345 The Guardian
from The Vane, Northwood
1906 602 The Shadow
1907 407 Firelight and Pearl
         720 Sweetness and Light
1908 76 'Some sweet beguiling melody...'
1911 613 A Golden Dream
1912 275 Twilight in Italy
1913 322 Sunshine, breeze and blossom, Lake Como
         706 The Monastery Gateway
1914 535 An April Morning, Lake Como
         1064 Firelight - etching
1915 148 Peace: A Summer Night in Italy
         339 Clearing the Gateway
         520 St. George of England
1916 239 V.C.P.W.
         244 I.L.P.W.
         729 An Italian Hillside
1918 339 An Italian Pastoral
         411 Oncoming Twilight, above Lake Como
         1273 Wheat Harvest - etching
1919 32 Evening in Touraine
         51 Beside the Sunny Loire
1920 23 Sunrise at Dedham Lock
         300 Dewy Sunrise on the River Stour
1921 19 Golden Evening: Campo, Lake Como
         51 At the Fountain
1922 54 A May Frost: early morning
         600 Italian Dawn: all dim with dew
1923 460 Springtime in Pevensey
1924 368 Dream Island-Lake Orta by Moonliight
         485 The Water Ouzel
1925 319 Evening in Tuscany
         432 Siena at Dawn
         519 The Picnic
1926 371 A City set on a Hill, Siena
         492 Twilight above Lake Como
1927 515 Shuttlecock
         537 La Pastorella, Assisi
1928 328 'When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees'
1930 872 A Pageant in the Piazza, Venice - tempera
1931 833 Neptune's Horses
1932 578 Clouds rising from Mountains above Lake Como
1933 738 The Crest of the Hill
         1239 Energy - photo-lithography

Works by This Artist