BALDWIN, Frederick William

1899 - 1984

Frederick William Baldwin was born at South Lowestoft, Suffolk on 17 March 1899, eldest of the two sons of William Baldwin, a bricklayer [builder], and his wife Clara née Hubbard, who married at Lowestoft in 1898. Frederick was educated at Sir John Leman School in Beccles and was a draughtsman with Brooke Marine Ltd., at Lowestoft. A mostly self-taught pencil, pen, and watercolour artist, although he did have some instruction from George Clausen and was encouraged by members of the Sole Bay Group such as Martin Hardie (1875-1952) and Walter Francis Crittall. Fred met Leonard Squirrell at Lowestoft in 1923, and together, they went on many local sketching trips and, like Squirrell, produced artwork for LNER Post-War series for railway leaflets also for P & O menus, their friendship lasted until Squirrell's death in 1979. A member of Ipswich Art Club 1928-1962 and in 1932 exhibited from 'Thatched Cottage', Westhall, Holton, near Saxmundham, Suffolk four water-colours/pencil drawings 'Wherries', 'Cottage Bedrooms, Suffolk', 'Westhall Mill, Suffolk' and 'In the Bedchamber, Uggleshall', in 1933 a further six watercolours 'Country near Blythburgh', 'Eastertide, Suffolk', 'Excavations at Bungay Castle', 'Windmill, Westall', 'Bungay from Earsham Road' and 'Afterglow' and was a regular exhibitor including in 1937 five watercolours 'Rumburgh Priory', 'Coal Lighter in Lowestoft Harbour', 'Ely from Barton', 'Sea Havoc at Pakefield' and 'A Suffolk Water Run', in 1944 'Church Farm, Uggleshall, Suffolk', 'Suffolk Scene', 'Westhall, Suffolk', 'Carter's Mill, Wrentham', 'Barn Interior' and 'Wrentham, Suffolk'. He also exhibited with the Sole Bay Group at Southwold also showing at the Royal Academy and at the Royal Society of British Artists and elsewhere. He later moved to Stoven, near Beccles, Suffolk and was a member of the Great Yarmouth & District Society of Artists 1957-1961. He had resigned from the Ipswich Art Club by 1962 when he seems to have given up his painting, but his pictures were exhibited in a retrospective show of his work at Beccles in 1980 with a further show the following year and their success encouraged Frederick to take up his brush again. William married in the Mutford district of Suffolk in 1928, Kathleen Margaret Cross (1899-1978). Frederick William Baldwin died at the Blythburgh & District Hospital, Halesworth, Suffolk on 10 October 1984, they had one son, John Hubbard Baldwin (1931-1988).

Royal Academy Exhibits
from Westhall, near Halesworth, Suffolk
1934 925 A Suffolk Farmhouse Interior - watercolour
1937 956 The West Towers, Ely Cathedral - watercolour
1938 755 The Customs House, King’s Lynn - watercolour
         1142 Ely from Barton Field - watercolour
1940 981 From the Porch, Westhall - watercolour
1941 595 Boston, Lincolnshire - watercolour
1942 609 Orford Castle, Suffolk - watercolour
1943 554 Suffolk in January - watercolour
1945 878 Covehithe, Suffolk - watercolour
         1002 Wrentham, Suffolk - watercolour
         1028 Corte’s Mill, Wrentham - watercolour
1946 867 Southwold from the Pier - watercolour
         875 Ebb Tide, Walberswick - watercolour
         931 Lowestoft Dry Dock - watercolour
1947 742 Winter in Suffolk - watercolour
from Stoven, Beccles, Suffolk
1948 955 The Butter Cross, Bungay, Suffolk - watercolour
         974 King’s College, Cambridge - watercolour
         978 The Market Place, Cambridge - watercolour
1949 886The Gallery, Ely - watercolour
         974 Trawlers in Dry Dock, Lowestoft - watercolour
1950 646 Looking West from the Tower of George’s, Tombland, Norwich - watercolour
         657 Norwich Cathedral from the Tower of St George’s, Tombland - watercolour
         762 The Blyth at Walberswick, Suffolk - watercolour
1951 740 A Quiet Day, Walberswick - watercolour
1953 850 The West Tower, Ely Cathedral - watercolour
         855 Blythburgh, Suffolk - watercolour
         872 Walberswick and Southwold from Dunwich - watercolour
1954 733 Cirencester, Gloucestershire - watercolour
         818 Malmesbury, Wiltshire - watercolour
         908 Winter in Suffolk - watercolour
1956 758 Suffolk Barn - watercolour
from Charterhouse, Charterhouse Square, London
1983 253 Tug and Trawler, Drydock, Lowestoft - watercolour

Works by This Artist