DOWNS, Edgar

1876 - 1963

Edgar Downs, was born at Claughton-cum-Grange, Birkenhead on 12 October and baptised on 3 December 1876, son of William Downs and his wife Margaret née Stuart, who married at Birkenhead in 1870. Educated at Birkenhead School of Art and the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, from where he received a silver medal. An animal painter in oil, and in Kelly's Directory of Suffolk 1904-1912, is listed as an artist living at 'Poplars', Nayland, near Sudbury, Suffolk and was a contributor to 'The Sketch' 1910-1912. In 1911 he exhibited at the Royal Academy from 12 Bedford Gardens, Kensington, London, two works 'Our Daily Bread' and 'The Edge of the Bog' and from Arun House at Clymping, West Sussex in 193 at the Cheltenham Municipal Art Gallery 'The Edge of the Wood'. During the First World War he served as a war artist with spells at Gallipoli in 1915 and Salonica in 1916. He married at East Preston, Sussex in 1922, Isabella Anne, widow of Herbert Lyne Geoghegan, Fleet Surgeon, née Pickthorn (1866-1949) and in 1927 were living at Arun House, Clymping, Littlehampton, Hampshire. A member and exhibitor at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters where in 1911 he exhibited an oil 'Suffolk Meadow'; the London Sketch Club, Old Dudley Art Society and Chelsea Arts Club and also exhibited at Royal Cambrian Academy of Art and the Walker Gallery, Liverpool. In 1939, an artist, living at Brix Mudeford, near Christchurch, Hampshire with his wife Isabella, and three indoor servants. He died at Brix Mudeford on 8 March 1963, leaving nearly 60,000. His oil 'Geese in a Field' sold at Sotheby's Chester in 1987 for 2,035. He signed his works 'E. Downs'.

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