1868 - 1900

Donald Whitaker, was born at Hampstead, London in 1868, eldest child of John Whitaker, brewer, and his wife Harriette née Nicoll (1847-1888), who married at Hampstead in 1866. In 1891, a 22 year old art student, living at Primrose Hill Road, Hampstead, with his 47 year old widowed father John, and siblings Harold Thomas 20, Helen Melina 19 and Mary Ethel 16, all born at Hampstead. As Donald Whitaker he married at Wirral, Cheshire in 1892, Frances Ellen Thompson (1868-24 January 1946) and their son Donald Nicoll William Whitaker was born at Amersham and baptised on 11 May 1893 and died on 20 July 1951. Donald, sen. was a landscape painter and a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1895-1896 and exhibited from The White House, Amersham, Buckinghamshire in 1895, 'Falling Leaves' and he exhibited three paintings at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters 1892-1894 from the same address. He died at Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1900 and in 1911, his wife was a 43 year old widow, living at Quainton, Amersham, Chesham, Buckinghamshire the home of her 33 year old married sister Lillian Constance Ponsford, née Thomson, and her family.