WALLER, Arthur Pretyman

1872 - 1964

Arthur Pretyman Waller was born at Waldringfield, Suffolk on 7 February 1872, 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 Pretyman (4 April 1830-19 November 1916), youngest daughter of John Pretyman of Ramsholt, who married at Ramsholt Church, Suffolk on 13 August 1856. Arthur was educated at King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk and Clare College, Cambridge and, after taking holy orders, was curate at Holy Trinity, Bridgwater, Somerset where he studied art at Bridgwater School of Art. He married at St Michael's Church, Boroughbridge, Harrogate on 25 January 1903 Constance Julia Trevor (3 June 1873-19 July 1954), eldest daughter of Revd George Trevor and had two sons and two daughters. He then served as curate to his father at Waldringfield, taking over from him as rector 1900-1948. In 1911, Arthur was a 39-year-old clergyman, living at The Rectory, Waldringfield with his 37-year-old wife Constance, born at Northampton and children Trevor 6, born Hemley, Suffolk, Arthur Henry Naunton, 3-year-old Mary Constance and Ruth Elizabeth Jane, all born at Waldringfield. A prolific landscape painter in oil and watercolour and 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 Parson Painters' Society, the Society of Pastel Painters at the Abbey Gallery in 1929 and at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle 1947-1953, all from Waldringfield Rectory. Arthur Pretyman Waller died at Mill Cottage, Waldringfield, Suffolk on 24 April 1964, aged 91. He signed his works 'A. P. Waller' enclosed in a rectangle.