GRIFFITHS, William Thompson

1833 - 1909

W T Griffiths

William Thompson Griffiths, was baptised at St Peter’s church, Liverpool on 30 December 1833, son of John Griffiths and his wife Margaret née Lloyd, who married at Liverpool in 1828. William studied in the Royal Academy and South Kensington Schools. After 12 months as head of the Art School in Great Yarmouth, he moved to Ipswich in late 1858 as Head of Ipswich School of Art then based at the Assembly Rooms in Northgate Street. During his time as Head, the school forged links with the School of Science becoming the Ipswich School of Science and Art and had their base at the new Museum building in the High Street from 1881, and Griffiths was to remain Head until 1906, only retiring because of illness. He was also Teacher of Drawing at the High School, Bury St Edmund's at 61 Abbeygate Street. Students at the Art School during Griffith’s leadership included Walter Batley, Frederick George Cotman, William Symonds and Emily Rope. William exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1878 ‘A Bit of Old Yarmouth’ and was a member of Ipswich Fine Art Club 1875-1909 and exhibited in 1881 from Russell Road, Ipswich, ‘Beddruthen, Cornwall’, 'Scarborough Castle, North Side', 'New Quay, Cornwall' and 'Evening Shadows', in 1882 an oil 'On the Llugwy, N. Wales', in 1883 and oil 'The Fairy Glen, North Wales' and a drawing 'On the North Coast, Cornwall', in 1884 'Silent and Sunny' and 'On the Lugwy, N. Wales' and continued to exhibit regularly, mostly views in Cornwall and Wales and in 1889 at the Woodbridge Fine Art Exhibition at the Assembly Room at the Bull Hotel, Woodbridge three oil paintings. He married at Stepney Meeting House, Mile End Old Town, London on 3 August 1870, Katherine [Kate] Ann (1845-1915), second daughter of George Butchart of Bow. In 1881, as Master of the Government School of Art, was living at Royal Villa, Russell Road, Ipswich with his 35 year old wife Katherine, of North Shields, Co. Durham and his two daughters, Kate 9 and Stella 5, both born at Ipswich and they kept two indoor servants. In 1891, headmaster school of science, living at Fernley House, Crescent Road, Ipswich but ten years later had moved to 2 Gosfield Villa, Tomline Road, Felixstowe but he died at 20 Russell Road, Ipswich on 29 June 1909 and his wife died at Anglesea, Wales on 17 April 1915.

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