GILL, William (1854-1912)

1854 - 1912

William Gill, was born at Islington, London in 1854, eldest child of William Gill (1812-1877), a commercial clerk, and his wife Elizabeth née Payne (1820-1892), who married at Newington, London in 1851. About 1868 they moved to Vine Cottage, George Street, Ipswich and in 1871, William was a 17 year old assistant photographer, living at Vine Cottage with his parents, 56 year old William, born at Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk and 50 year old Elizabeth, born Southwark, with siblings, James Payne 15, a chemist's apprentice, born Islington, Ellen Charlotte 11, born Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, Herbert 8 and Wilfred Loveday, both born at Ipswich. At the age of 15, William had been apprenticed to Ipswich photographer William Vick (1833-1911), father of Henry William Vick [q.v.], and later opened his own shop at Dogs Head Street, Ipswich. He married at Norwich in the first quarter of 1879, Elizabeth Charlotte, née Rey (1856-1934), a teacher, and the family were living in Ipswich for the birth of their first two children William Rey [q.v.] in 1879 and his sister Elizabeth Nora in early 1881, but in 1883 they moved to Colchester, Essex and were living at Mauldine, Errington Road, Colchester in 1891 and where Elizabeth died on 29 March 1934. He exhibited from Head Street, Colchester at the Ipswich Art Society in 1890 'Maltings Farm, Lexden, Colchester', 'Sleeping Bridge, Colchester' and 'Brightlingsea, Essex'. In 1891, a 37 year old photographer & artist, living at Mauldine, Maldon Road, Colchester with his 36 year old wife Elizabeth, and children William and Elizabeth with Enid 4, born at Colchester and were still there in 1891 with a further three children, Muriel 9, Beryl 6 and Alan 3, all born at Colchester and had his studio at Sir Isaac's Walk, Head Street, Colchester. In 1911, a 57 old photographer & miniature painter, living at 142 Maldon Road, Colchester with two of his five surviving of his eight children. A photographer of Colchester, when he died at Portland House, 15 Fitzroy Square, West London on 23 February 1912, at which time he was President of the Professional Photographers' Association. A contributor to a number of magazines, and his death was widely reported in photographic circles, such as Wilson's 'Photographic Magazine' and well-known for both for his writing on photography and for his pictures taken under such difficult lighting conditions as moonlight and sunsets. There are several artist with this name about this period and they have been conflated.

Works by This Artist