GLENN, Walter John

1907 - 2002

Walter John Glenn was born at Leeds on 7 March 1907, third of the four children of William Jones Glenn (29 November 1874-9 December 1965), a life assurance district manager, and his wife Annie Isabella née Pender (10 September 1872-28 March 1957), who married at Toxteth Park, Lancashire in 1897 and in 1939, the family including Walter and Alfred George Glenn were living at 281 Colchester Road, Ipswich. In 1911, Walter was a 4-year-old, living at 236 Chillingham Road, Heaton, Newcastle-on-Tyne with his parents, 36-year-old William and 38-year-old Annie, and three siblings Winifred Annie 12, William Pender 10 and Alfred George. Walter received no formal art training and although originally a painter in oil, watercolour, and pastel, by 1974 was concentrating on watercolour. He exhibited regularly in Ipswich from 1926 and became a member of Ipswich Art Club in 1929 exhibiting from 46 Sidegate Lane, Ipswich in 1927, two watercolours 'Summer Evening, Martlesham Creek' and 'St Osyth, Essex', in 1932 five works including an oil 'Low Water, Harwich' and watercolours 'Summer Evening, Melton', 'A Lane down to the Sea, St Aubin's, Jersey', 'Trees and a Boat, looking across Brelades Bay, Jersey' and 'Roofs of Old Ipswich. In 1933 he exhibited from 'The Talwrn', Colchester Road, Ipswich, four paintings 'Approach of Evening, Brightlingsea', 'Castles of Sky and Sea', 'Elizabeth Castle, Channel Islands' and a watercolour 'A Wet Day, Dedham' and was a regular annual exhibitor. In 1941 Walter G. Glenn exhibited a pastel 'Harwich Harbour', and in 1942 'Thatched Roof', in 1943 'Afternoon in the Harbour' and 'Polperro', in 1944 'The Road to the Ferry, Felixstowe', 'A Sunlit Quay, Polperro' and 'A Peaceful Day, Cherbourg'. In the centenary exhibition of the Ipswich Art Club in 1974 his watercolour 'Fisherman's Bric-a-Brac' was on show, and in 1977 he exhibited from 51 Digby Road, Ipswich 'Old Kipper House, Crastor, Northumberland', in 1978 'In for Refit, Tollesbury' and in 1980, two paintings 'Path down to the Sea, Aber Eiddy' and 'Burne's Boatyard, Bosham'. A deputy clerk at St Audrey's Mental Hospital, Melton, Ipswich when he married at Prescot, Lancashire in 1947, Stephanie Margaret Pender and they had one daughter Margaret, born in 1956. Walter John Glenn died at Ipswich on 5 June 2002.