WALLER, Arthur Pretyman

1872 - 1964

Arthur Pretyman Waller, was born at Waldringfield, Suffolk on 7 February 1872, being registered as ‘male’, son of Revd Thomas Henry Waller (16 May 1832-16 July 1920), rector of the family living of Waldringfield with Hemley, and his wife Jane née Pretyman (4 April 1830-19 November 1916), who married at Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1856. Educated at King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk and Clare College, Cambridge. After taking holy orders, he studied art at Bridgwater School of Art, Somerset and, as was well as being the local rector, was also a prolific landscape painter. He married at Bridgwater, Somerset in 1903, Constance Julia Trevor (3 June 1873-19 July 1954) and had two sons and two daughters. He served as curate to his father at Waldringfield, taking over from him as rector 1900-1948. In 1911, a 39 year old clergyman, living at The Rectory, Waldringfield with his 37 year old wife Constance, born Northampton and children Trevor 6, born Hemley, Suffolk, Arthur Henry Naunton [q.v.], 3 year old Mary Constance and Ruth Elizabeth Jane [q.v.], all born at Waldringfield. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1924-1963 and exhibited from Waldringfield Rectory in 1927, six watercolours 'Showery Weather', 'Nearing the Flood', 'Autumn Mist', 'Plum House, Ramsholt', 'Felixstowe Ferry' and 'Bawdsey', in 1932 four works 'Martlesham Heath', 'Moreton Heath, Dorset', 'Morning Mist' and 'Cloud Effect', in 1937 'Hatchett Pond, Beaulieu', 'After a High Tide' and watercolours 'The Deben Estuary' and 'The Corner of the Field, in 1941 three works 'The Peaceful Deben', 'By the Riverside' and 'Hollesley Marshes', in 1943 'Scotch Pines', 'Peace', 'Dawn' and 'A Cotswold Farm', in 1944 'The Evening Tide', 'Break of Day' and 'Nearing the Flood' and was a regular annual exhibitor. He was also a member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle 1947-1953 from Waldringfield, and at the Society of Pastel Painters at the Abbey Gallery in 1929 also from Waldringfield Rectory. He died at Mill Cottage, Waldringfield, Suffolk on 24 April 1964, aged 91.