SMITH, Walter Azemberg

1838 - 1918

Walter Azemberg Smith, was born at Heigham, Norwich in 1838 and baptised at St Stephen's Church, Norwich on 6 April 1838, son of Marian Smith. He was practising as an architect & surveyor in London and on 14 December 1859, married at Islington, Emily Mary Moore [Smith q.v.], where two of his children were born, Beatrice Jessie in 1862 and William Moore Tyrrel in 1863. He then returned to Norwich and in 1863 was working as assistant to the Norwich City Surveyor when he was engaged to design and project manage the building of photographer John Sawyer's new 'Italian Studio' in Norwich, which was completed by early October 1863 and he then joined Sawyer's artistic department as a colourist. His third child Ernest Walter was born at Norwich in 1865 and later that year he moved to manage Sawyer's new Ipswich studio at 'The Italian Studio', a photographic artists business at 18 Upper Brook Street, Ipswich, a business Smith purchased in 1867. Smith's advertisemement in Morris's 'Directory of Ipswich 1868' states 'late J B Sawyer' and his wife Emily was an 'artist in oils' working in the business. A prize winning landscape artist and a photographer, was a member of Ipswich Art Club 1883-1891, but exhibiting from 18 Brook Street in 1881 ‘In Wolverstone Park’, 'Study of Trees in Mist', 'New Rottingdean, Brighton', 'Late Autumn on the Gipping', 'A Norfolk Broad', 'Harwich from the Hill above Shotley Ferry' and 'Trees in Christchurch Park', in 1882 he exhibited four works, 1883 nine works 'Study from Life', 'Near Nacton, on the Orwell', 'The Orwell from the Strand', 'On the Waveney', 'Sunset at Breydon', 'Moonlight on the Orwell', 'At Playford', 'The Pool, Christchurch Park' and a drawing 'Sketch near Hadleigh'. He continued to exhibit after his move to Southampton, exhibiting from 1 Sussex Place, Southampton but occasionally also from Ipswich, an oil 'An Ice Block on the Orwell' dated January 1887 from Ipswich. Whilst working at Ipswich, Smith won a silver medal for 'excellence in photographic portraits' at the Needham Market Fine Art and Industrial Exhibition of 1867. In 1883 the Brook Street, Ipswich studio passed into the hands of John White [q.v.] and Smith subsequently entered into partnership with Edwin Debenham at 1 Sussex Place, Southampton, Hampshire trading as 'Debenham & Smith' the partnership was dissolved in September 1887 when Smith carried on the business alone. In 1911, he was living at 10 Forest View, Albion Place, Southampton where he died on 3 June 1918, aged 80.






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