SOMERVILLE, Stuart Scott

1908 - 1983

Stuart Scott Somerville, was born at Arksey, Doncaster, Yorkshire on 6 February 1908, son of artist and collector Charles Somerville and his second wife Rose Annie née Chantree, who married in London in 1905, and was a brother to Peggy Somerville [q.v.]. Stuart was educated at home and studied under his father and his fascination with the female nude began at the age of 15 and during the last two decades of his life he worked assiduously on the female form, he almost never exhibited these works. A painter of floral paintings in the Old Master manner, landscapes, figures and interiors, and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1925 aged 17, and continued exhibiting there until 1961. He also exhibited at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters; Royal Hibernian Academy; Royal Scottish Academy and the Fine Art Society and elsewhere. Somerville exhibited from The Old Ford Farm, Ashford, Middlesex in 1925, Ditchling, Sussex in 1933, Haywards Heath, Sussex in 1935 and London in 1936. In 1939, he was living at Talland Porthallow, Liskeard, Cornwall and he married at Liskeard in 1942, Kathleen, known as Catherine, Mary Lavine and they had two sons and five daughters. A member of Ipswich Art Club 1946-1966, exhibiting from his home at Newbourne Hall, near Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1974, an oil 'Flower Piece' and contributing and supporting local exhibitions and festivals in the county of Suffolk. He was of Newbourne Hall, near Ipswich when he died of cancer on 20 June 1983. He signed his works 'Stuart Scott Somerville' joined and underlined or 'S. S. S.'.

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