DUFF, John Robert Keitley

1862 - 1938

John Robert Keitley Duff, was born at Kingsland, Dalston, London on 22 January 1862, son of Robert Duff, manufacturer in London, and his Scottish born wife Janet, who in 1871 was a 45 year old widow, living off investments at Albion Road, Stoke Newington, Hackney, London with 9 year old John Robert and a 24 year old servant Emily Robertson, born in Suffolk. Duff was educated at Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire and admitted pensioner at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge at Easter 1884, graduating B.A. and LL.B. in 1887 and M.A. in 1891 and was called to the Bar, Middle Temple. In 1891, a 29 year old barrister-at-law, living at Sunny Gardens, Hendon and later studied art at the Slade School under Alphonse Legros (1837-1911). He married at Islington, London in 1892, Emma Louise Clark and in 1901, an artist, living at 5 St James Square, Kensington, London with his family and in 1911, a 49 year old artist painter, living at 100 Sunningdale Road, Hendon with his 40 year old wife Emma, and children Keith Mitchell Keitley 16, Jean Eliza Keitley 16, Vickman Keitley 11 and Lesley Florence Keitley 6. A landscape and genre painter in watercolour, oil and pastel, often featuring sheep or birds in his work. A painter in oil, watercolour and pastel and also an etcher, Duff exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1891, and with the New English Art Club from 1894, and was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours in 1913 and of the Royal Society of Etchers in 1919. He exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Club from 100 Sunningdale Road, Hendon, London in 1923, a mezzotint 'The Rickyard'. Shortly before his death he donated a quantity of his watercolours, NW. 4, pastels, etchings and enamels to the Southwold Museum in Suffolk. He died at 'Oakview', 100 Sunningdale Road, Hendon, on 26 September 1938, aged 76 being survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters. The author of 'Pastel: A Manual for Beginners' (1910).

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