SCHOFIELD, Walter Elmer

1867 - 1944

Walter Elmer Schofield

Walter Elmer Schofield, was born at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 10 September 1867, youngest of the eight children of Benjamin Schofield (1820–1900) and his wife, British born Mary née Wollstonecraft (1822–1899). After attending Central High School, he enrolled for a short time at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania taking frequent trips to the American southwest, particularly to San Antonio, Texas, where he produced drawings of the American western life. On leaving college he continued his work as an artist also attending Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadephia 1889-1892 followed by studies at the Académie Julian in Paris. Walter married at Ormskirk, Lancashire on 7 October 1896, Murielle Charlotta Redmayne (24 June 1869-15 June 1960), daughter of the very wealthy Ephraim Brownlow Redmayne (1836-1914) and Charlotta Taubman (1842-1931), who had married at Liverpool on 10 January 1863. During the First World War, Walter served as a Captain in the Royal Garrison Artillery and about 1925 purchased the historic High House, Otley, Suffolk which, with one of his two sons, Sydney Elmer Schofield [q.v.], renovated house but in 1937 the family purchased from the Duke of Leeds, Godolphin House, Kerrier, Cornwall and the following year they joined in the artist colony of St Ives. His best known American landscapes are those of the region of the Delaware River and Canal circa 1925 to 1940, spending periods of most years in the United States with his English landscapes being produced about 1901 to 1944. An Associate of the Royal Society of British Artists 1907 and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters 1910. He exhibited at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Royal Academy; Royal Society of British Artists; Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour and the Royal Scottish Academy, from St Ives, Cornwall 1906, Ingleton, Yorkshire 1908, London 1923 and Ipswich, Suffolk 1936. In 1939, together with his wife and son, were living at Godolphin Manse, Kerrier, Cornwall and he died at Godolphin House, Breage, Helston, Cornwall on 1 March 1944 but interred in Saint James the Less Church, Philadelphia.

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