Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Joseph Walter West

WEST, Joseph Walter
father of Sylvia Wyse West and father in law of Hugh Chesterman 

1860 - 1933

Born at Hull, Yorkshire on 3 May 1860, son of Alfred West, seed crusher & corn dealer, and his wife Sarah Ann née Tucker, who married at Westminster, London in 1854. 

In 1861 an 11 month old baby living at High Street, Swanland, East Riding, Yorkshire with his parents, 37 year old Alfred and 37 year old Sarah and his three siblings. 
In 1881 a 20 year old cashier staying at Danthorpe, Hambledon, East Riding, Yorkshire with his 34 year old brother-in-law, Walter Stickney, a land agent & farmer of 1,130 acres and his wife 24 year old wife Sophia Stickney née West and their family. 
West, whilst working as a cashier for an engineering firm, studied under Edwin Moore at Bootham School in York then at St John's Wood School of Art 1883, at the Royal Academy Schools 1884–1887 and at the Académie Julian, Paris. 
He married Croydon, Surrey in 1891, Ada Caroline Wise and after living at Croydon, Harrow and Northwood, in 1911 a 50 year old 'artist painter in oil and watercolour, illustrator, engraver' living at The Vane, Uxbridge, Middlesex with his 50 year old wife Ada and their four daughters, Iris Lilian Pechell 18, Marjorie Grace Halbourn 17, Sylvia Wyse 15 and Victoria Cicely Grafton 13. Painter, etcher, lithographer and illustrator with his subjects being mainly animals, he then turned to genre and about 1910 to landscape. 
Exhibited 17 works at the Royal Academy from 1885 including 'To Gretna Green' and 'The Coming of Arthur' and showed four works at the Royal Society of British Artists and was a member of the Royal Society of Painters in Water Colour 1904. 
A member and exhibitor at the Ipswich Art Club 1890-1891 and exhibited from West Hampstead Studios, Sheriff Road, London in 1890 'The Rising Moon'. 
He used to spend his summer holidays in the Italian Lakes, sketching in the open air, and painted a pictures. 
He died at Northwood, Middlesex on 27 June 1933 and his wife died at Harrow in 1951, aged 91. 
West also used the names of Walter West and J Walter West.

Further afield the May is still sweet

yorkshire post June 30 1933
' Notable York Painter Mr. Joseph Walter" West. R. died .at his home at Northwood began his career artist the Friends' School at Bo where his notebooks lesso frequently cowered with sketch his early business years In tit works Prtcstman Bros, H' natural freedom of. style bee by his practice as draughts In a tribute to his fellj Bertram; Priestman. "said: " Mr. man of very remarkable whole outlook on life was hls personal integrity and i ness. He was rather shy: and; as a result very few peoj bigness of his life." His boyhood ambition to beo was 'only attained by personalrigorous character. He Said amount from his wages at H| to the Royal Academy Bcho< lodgings at Harrow. ■ There he sun, sketching in the fields the studio, and again worklnj his 'return. .. Mr. Priestman. '.S.. who has d. Middlesex, while still,at York, papers Were spent engineering ill. whefe-ftts ime w-artist, Mr. West Was rtfeter, whose reflection of conscientiousdeserved, and tie knew the a painter sacrifice of id modest ill, and- its. living with tba times he was so short of m would save as much as posslbl which he used In the studio ore going Jo till dark ites that: ey that sketches and have It for his His early work Included eti Fine Art Society, jand In tit executed for themjhe showed tlon to detail. One of his works showed *' Gretna Gree with a horse falling from young bridegroom.) To get the animal correctly West pali to a livery stable and got throw one his animals until West finished his sketc| Though Mr. West's in the quaint costumes of a! ago, are well known. Is painter that he best personally considered his Its were the most satisfactory 1 the bread for cleaning dday meal: ings for the commissions lute atten- lost popular [Elopement" hot by the ke. action of Several visits •oprietor and again. pictures. years landscape nown. He in paintings i works. yrthumbrlan it Heiredale, Mrs. Edith F. Grey Mrs. ith' T. Grey, the artist, has died at«her hon Whitby. . .. . ....... , , '

A book cover from J.W.West is in the V&A museum depicting his daughter Marjorie West.
He made several frontpages for the Studio .

These pictures are in the Scarborough museum.

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