RUSSELL , Sir Walter Westley

1867 - 1949

Sir Walter Russell

Born at Forest Gate, Essex on 31 May 1867, third son of William H. Russell, an artist & bookbinder, and his wife Charlotte E. In 1871, a 3 year old living at Barrington Road, Holland Crescent, Lambeth, London with his parents, 35 year old William and 32 year old Charlotte with three siblings, William R. 7, Edward S. 3 and Emily E. M. 2. He studied at the Westminster School of Art under Frederick Brown and after leaving about 1891 worked as an illustrator and etcher. Assistant Professor at the Slade School of Fine Art 1895–1927 but served in the Royal Engineers 1916–19 working on camouflage. A painter of portraits, landscapes and interiors and began exhibiting at the New English Art Club in 1893 and became a member in 1895 and exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1898. A member of the International Society from 1906, the National Portrait Society 1910, and the Royal Society of Painters in Water Colours from 1930. He had a solo exhibition at Goupil Galleries in 1910. Elected an Associate of the Royal Academy on 22 April 1920, a Member on 23 February 1926 and a Senior on 1 January 1943, and was Keeper October 1927–Michaelmas 1942. A Trustee of the Tate Gallery 1927–1934 and 1938–1944. He lived in Chelsea but often worked in Yorkshire, Shoreham, Sussex and Blakeney, Norfolk visiting Venice in 1926 and exhibited a portrait at the Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1923 of The Rt Rev The Lord Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich. A Companion of the Royal Victorian Order in 1931 and knighted on 10 July 1935 and as Capt W. Russell exhibited at Ipswich from 'Upway', Hinksey Hill, Oxford two watercolours 'Burford Bridge on Windrush' and 'Minster Lovel'. He married at Putney, Surrey 2 June 1900, Lydia Burton (28 December 1880-1944) and in 1939 they were living at 75 Old Fort Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex and died in London on 16 April 1949. A memorial exhibition was held at the Beaux Arts Gallery in 1950.

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