NEWTON, Algernon Cecil

1880 - 1968

Algernon Newton

Algernon Cecil Newton, was born at Hampstead, London on 23 February 1880, youngest child of Arthur Henry Newton (1830-16 December 1901), colour manufacturer of Windsor & Newton, and his wife Georgianna Tregoning née Nicholls (1837-2 April 1918), who married at Phillack, Cornwall on 22 September 1859. Educated at Farnborough School and spent a couple of years at Clare College, Cambridge, leaving in 1900 without taking a degree, and then studied at various art colleges in London, including the School of Animal Painting in Kensington run by Frank Calderon (1865Ė1943). Newton specialised in urban views painted in a sombre, naturalistic style. Early in the First World War, Newton held the rank of Sub-lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, later serving with the Army before being invalided out in 1916 with pneumonia, recuperating over the next few years among the artist community at Lamorna, Cornwall. In 1919 he returned to London and in 1920 exhibited 40 landscapes at the Eldar Gallery in Great Marlborough Street and started exhibiting at the Royal Academy of Art and elected an Associate of the Royal Academy on 18 February 1936, a Member on 23 April 1943 and a Senior on 1 January 1956, and in the 1920s he regularly exhibited at the New English Art Club. From 1923, much of his work was made up of urban views of London, often depicted without figures and thereby creating a sense of profound stillness and calm. He avoided the more famous parts of the city, preferring instead the then run-down areas of Bayswater, Paddington and the industrial landscapes along the Regentís Canal in Camden Town and Kentish Town. Newton married, firstly at St Peter, Belsize Park, Hampstead on 3 January 1903, author Marjorie Emelia Balfour Rider (1880-1943), daughter of William H. Rider, and had two sons, one being the actor Robert Newton (1905-1956), and two daughters, before they divorced. He married secondly at Kensington in 1921, Elsie Mary Willmott Richards (23 July 1886-12 April 1974). In 1939, an 'artist painter', living at Hill Farm, Stratford St Mary, Ipswich with his wife Elsie. He died at 16 Vicarage Gate, Kensington, London W.8, on 21 May 1968. His 'Evening on the Avon' was commissioned for the Long Gallery of the RMS Queen Mary and a number of his paintings are in Art Galleries in the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States. His auction record is £128,500, set at Bonham's on 10 June 2015 for his oil 'City of London from Hampstead Heath' (1949).

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