MERCER, Sidney Agnew

1904 - 1971

Sidney Agnew Mercer, was born at Ipswich on 19 June 1904, son of Joseph Mercer and his wife Martha née Agnew. Educated at a Presbyterian School in Belfast and in 1911, a 6 year old, living at 60 Sandhill Gardens, Shankill, Belfast, with his siblings Mary Isabel (born 23 September 1905) and Marjorie. A painter of landscapes in watercolour, designer & illustrator, producing drawings for local media. He married at Sculcoates, Yorkshire on 27 December 1930, Mollie Lewis (1 December 1909-5 July 1971) and in 1939, a printing, marketing & advertising administrator, living at Acacia House, Beverley Road, Beverley, East Yorkshire with his wife Mollie. Elected to Royal Society of Arts in 1936 and served as an officer in the RAFVR during the Second World War. He produced murals, including those in Royal Hall Harrogate and posters for both LNER and British Rail, and was managing director of Tattershall Advertising Ltd, Harrogate, Yorkshire living in the town for many years. He died at Woodlands, High Cleugh, Ripon, Yorkshire on 13 July 1971, 8 days after his wife Mollie. The Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate first opened in 1991 and takes its name from local water colourist Sidney Agnew Mercer, whose sons made a significant donation to the museum.

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