DRIVER, Sydney Amos

1865 - 1936

Sydney Amos Driver, was born at Wych Street, Strand, London on 31 August 1865, eldest child of David Driver, a boot closer, and his wife Sarah Ann née Stokes, who married at St Clement Danes, Strand on 29 October 1864. In 1871, a 5 year old, living at Wych Street, Strand with his parents, 36 year old David and 30 year old Sarah, both from Cambridge, and siblings 3 year old Amy and 1 year old David George, also living with them was their 28 year old uncle William Stokes. Sydney was educated at Archbishop Tenison's School, Leicester Square, London and studied at St Martins School of Art and at Slade School of Fine Art under Alphonse Legros (1837-1911). In 1891, a 25 year old artist, living at Narcissus Road, Hampstead, London with his parents and five siblings, Amy 23, David George 21, Harry William 19, Nelly 16 and May 9 but for several years from 1900 was advertising his photographic business from Ardleigh, near Colchester, Essex. Taking up art again, in 1911, a 45 year old artist, a visitor at 2 Khartoum Villa, Ardleigh, Essex, the home of 47 year old spinster, Sarah Ann Curtis (1862-1924), whom he married later that year. In 1917 was a photographer at Ardleigh. He exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Club from Ingleside, Ardleigh in 1927 an oil 'Constable Country (Dedham)' also exhibiting at Manchester City Art Gallery under the Duveen Scheme. Sydney was of Ingleside, Ardleigh, Ipswich when he died at Ipswich & East Suffolk Hospital on 3 November 1936, aged 71. He signed his works 'Sydney A. Driver'. Several of his photographs were used in Basil Oliver's 'Old Houses and Village Buildings in East Anglia'.




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