COLE, Philip Tennyson

1862 - 1939

Philip Tennyson Cole

Philip Tennyson Cole, was born at Marylebone, London in 1862, eldest son and second child of James Cole, a painter of general subjects, and his wife Sophia Emma née Willis, who married at Marylebone in 1860. In 1871, an 8 year old, living at Minerva Lodge, The Avenue, Acton, London, with his parents, 30 year old James and 36 year old Sophia, and his three siblings, Emma Maria 10, Herbert Willis 6 and Florence 2, and they were still living in Acton ten years later when Philip was an art student. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from the Royal Colonial Institute, Northumberland Avenue, London in 1901 'The Duke of Norfolk, K.G.' and in 1908 from 61a Cadogon Square, London 'King Edward VII', selling the rights to produce engravings to Henry Graves & Co., of Pall Mall, London but was sued for damages by the publishers for failing to sign the engravings when Cole stated that Graves 'had failed to produce reasonably good engravings' and Cole's defence was accepted, when Cole was awarded 250 costs. Cole travelled to South Africa, living there until 1927. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1928-1933 exhibiting from Oak Hill, Ipswich in 1928 five portraits, 'The Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich', 'The late Alderman W. F. Paul', 'Mrs Fred Keighly', 'Brig. General S. E. Massy-Lloyd' and 'Mrs J. H. P. Daman'. He also exhibited at the Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts; International Society; London Salon; New Gallery; Royal Society of Portrait Painters; Royal Society of British Artists and Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours. Sitters for his portraits included Cecil Rhodes (1853-1902) and in 1896 he painted the portrait of former Prime Minister and the then Attorney-General of the Cape Colony, Sir Thomas Upington (1844- 1898). In 1930 Cole published his memoirs 'Vanity Varnished; Reminiscences in Many Colours'. He died at Tooting, London in 1939.

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