DEXTER, Walter

1876 - 1958

Walter Dexter

Walter Dexter, was born at Wellingborough, Northamptonshire on 12 June 1876, son of Walter Sothern Dexter, photographic artist, and his wife Emily née Allday, who married at Birmingham in 1875. Educated at Croad's School, Kings Lynn and studied at Birmingham School of Art 1892-1897, Birmingham Royal Society of Art 1897 and in Holland and Belgium. In 1901 he, and his father, exhibited at the Woodpeckers' Art Club, later known as the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle and was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1905 exhibiting in 1906 two oil paintings 'Hunstanton Cliff' and 'King's Lynn from West Lynn Moonrise' and illustrating the cover of the 1905 'Kings Lynn Handbook' and exhibited at King's Lynn from 1908. In 1911, living at Sea Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk with his parents, 62 year old Walter, a hotel proprietor at this seaside resort, and 58 year old Emily and his two siblings, Irving and Ida, his brother Owen [q.v.] was living in London. Walter was an art master at Bolton Grammar School 1916-1920 and later held the same position at King Edward VII School, Kings Lynn, Norfolk 1941-1944. He married at Kings Lynn in 1915, Helen Mary Chadwick (28 March 1880-1948). Founder president of King's Lynn Art Club and many of his watercolours were used to illustrate various books published by Methuen. Walter spent many years travelling in Europe, studying the architecture of the old masters and wrote a series of articles about his travels for the press. Landscape, interior, portrait and still life painter, and illustrator, exhibiting at Birmingham Royal Society of Artists; Bruton Galleries; Walker Gallery, Liverpool; Royal Academy 1923-1947; Royal Society of British Artists; Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, from King’s Lynn, Norfolk in 1901 and 1913, from Kensington, London 1904 and from Felixstowe, Suffolk 1909. In 1939, an artist painter & art master, living at Old Toll House, East Winch, Kings Lynn. Walter was of 2 Nelson Street, Kings Lynn when he died at West Norfolk & Kings Lynn Hospital on 12 February 1958. A member of the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle 1902-1955 from Kings Lynn and at their centenary in 1985 two of his works were on show, an oil on canvas 'A Workshop' and a pencil and watercolour 'Slaughden Quay, Aldeburgh' which was used in Dutt's 'Some Literary Associations of East Anglia' (Methuen 1907). (Portrait of Walter Dexter: An Enigmatic Man by Charlotte Paton 2014).

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