VERPILLEUX, Émile Antoine

1888 - 1964

Émile Antoine Verpilleux, was born at Notting Hill, London on 3 March 1888, son of Émile Antoine Verpilleux, a Belgian professor of languages, and his wife Edith née Beard. Émile was educated at the Philological School, London, St Genis in France and at the Antwerp Académie des Beaux Arts. He married firstly at Kensington, London in 1910, Grace Newson (3 December 1889-24 March 1958), who was born at Felixstowe, Suffolk, and in 1910 Émile was an artist in painting, living at 43-45 Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill, London with his 22 year old wife Grace and their newly born of four daughters, Joan Edith [Shaw]. Émile served as a Captain in the Royal Flying Corp in the First World War and, being injured, he spent time in Bristol Hospital. In 1919, appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in that year's New Year Honours List. His military service lasted from 1914 until 1922, but despite his war experience, he also managed to paint numerous war subjects, especially that of the Royal Flying Corps. In 1927, Verpilleux was living at Latchetts, Danehill, Surrey and married secondly at Paddington, London in 1936, Caroline Elizabeth Putnam (born 1899) about which time he moved to Bermuda as an artist, portrait and landscape painter and a woodcut printmaker. He exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Society in 1923, three coloured wood engravings 'The River, from Waterloo Bridge', 'British Museum' and 'Malines' and was the first artist to have hung a coloured print work at the Royal Academy, he also exhibited at the Paris Salon, the New English Art Club, the International of Sculptors, Painters and Engravers and elsewhere. During 1949-1950 he collaborated with ceramicist Andre Bohemelec to produce a series of dioramas, depicting scenes of early Bermuda history, which were on exhibit in a special gallery in Fort St Catherine. During the early 1950s, Verpilleux was active in establishing the Bermuda Society of Arts and served as president of the society from 1952 until 1956. Emile died in Bermuda on 10 September 1964. Many of his wartime paintings are in the collection of the Royal Air Force Museum.




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