LONGE, William Verner

1857 - 1924

William Verner Longe, was baptised at Hemingstone, near Ipswich on 31 May 1857, eldest child of Revd John Longe (1832-1916) and his wife Maria Elizabeth Verner née Martin (1839-20 July 1930), who married at Coddenham, Suffolk in 1856 and was a cousin of Louisa Longe [q.v.]. In 1861, a 3 year old, living at Springfield House, Norwich Road, Ipswich with his parents, 28 year old John, born Combs, Suffolk and 27 year old Maria, born in France, and two siblings, Springfield House had been the home of the Martin family of Coddenham for many years but has since been demolished. By 1871, his father was curate at Tuddenham St Martin, near Ipswich and the family were living at the Tuddenham Vicarage, now with six children, William, 13, John Martin 12, Minnie Arabella 11, Herbert Davy 9, Charles Richard 6 and Arthur Bacon 2 and they retained five indoor staff. William studied at Ipswich School of Art and at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. In 1881 23 year old William ‘an artist’ was living at Sternfield Rectory, near Aldeburgh, Suffolk, where his father was the local rector, with his mother and five siblings and they were still there in 1891. William was a talented equestrian and landscape artist and a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1875-1891 and exhibited from Sternfield Rectory from 1875 when he had ten pictures on show and in 1881 six pictures, oils ‘Polly’ and 'Sunrise on the Sea' and watercolours 'Stranded', 'A Winter Evening', 'Early Morning' and 'A Winter Moon', in 1882 six pictures, oils two entitled 'A Hunting Sketch' and 'A Portrait' and watercolours 'Blackheath, near Aldeburgh', 'The Keeper's Cottage, Sternfield' and 'In Perils of Waters' and in 1883 four watercolours including 'Hunting Sketch'. In 1889 he had on show five pictures 'The Lowing Herd', 'Late with the Rising Moon', 'Fruit' and 'Watching' and continued to exhibit regularly with last five exhibits being in 1923 'Flies', 'The Last Days of the Old Inn, Slaughden', 'Haysel Time', 'The Two Thousand Guineas' and 'Ipswich from Whitton Fields', two of the renamed pictures were on show at the Club centenary in 1974 a watercolour 'The Old Inn at Slaughden' and an oil 'The Canal Turn'. He also exhibited at the Bury & West Suffolk Fine Art Society [q.v.] in 1882 several equestrian pictures, including 'Hunting Sketches' which was highly commended and amongst his other fine equestrian scenes included ‘The Grand National’ (1896), ‘The Gold Cup, Ascot’ (1897), ‘The Finish of the St Leger’ (1904), six watercolours of ‘The Cottenham Races’ (1891), and ‘The Grand National’ (1912) and a portrait of the Prince of Wales’s horse ‘Diamond Jubilee’, winner of the 2000 guineas, the Derby and the St Leger in 1900. In 1901, a 43 year old artist, a visitor at Knowsley Park, Lancashire, the home of James John Hornby, a land agent. William married at Brandeston, Suffolk on 5 January 1905, Marjory Brooke (4 October 1881-16 April 1949), daughter of Reginald Brooke and granddaughter of Francis Capper Brooke (1810-1886) of Ufford Park, Woodbridge, her mother was Jane Austin of the extremely wealthy family of Brandeston Hall, Suffolk. In 1911, they were living at Sternfield Rectory, with a 5 year old daughter Dorothy Verner, born Sternfield. William died at Springfield House, Ipswich on 19 September 1924, aged 67.

Works by This Artist