Self-portrait, 1907; as though about to ride out for the day. A painter from Herefordshire who was fated to die young in the Great War, before like so many of his contemporaries.
The family at tea, the most important half-hour of the day; but his thoughts seem to be elsewhere.
His sister Ailsa at the piano; her name seems to have an archaic ring (but perhaps it was no more common in those days than it is now).
As a member of the Worcestershire Yeomanry, doubtless trying his best to be a warrior in a gentlemanly sort of way. He did not end up on the Western Front, but sailed for Egypt in April 1915, and presumably landed at Gallipoli with his regiment in September; it seems that they had a hard time of it, so many men were lost through war and sickness that the regiment had to merge temporarily with other units. But he survived to be killed in Egypt in the following year.
He had planned to make his living as a portraitist, and was plainly quite an old-fashioned painter. I find some of his paintings of his own Herefordshire countryside to be his most appealing works.
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