HAIGH, Alfred Grenfell

1870 - 1963

Alfred Grenfell Haigh, was born at Wavertree, Liverpool, Lancashire on 28 February 1870, son of Reginald Haigh (1832-1903), a cotton broker, and his wife Flora née Grenfell (26 August 1841-27 November 1874), who married at West Derby on 8 April 1863. In 1871, living at Trap Hill, Formby, Lancashire with his parents, 39 year old Reginald and 28 year old Flora, born in Brazil, and his three siblings, Cecile Flora 7, Ronald Grenfell 6 and John Grenfell 4, all born in Lancashire, and they retained seven indoor servants. Reginald and Flora had a further daughter, Mildred Entwhistle (1872-1939), before Flora's death on 27 November 1874, aged 33. Alfred was educated at Ellery [Boarding] School, Atherton Street, Liscard, Cheshire and at Rossall Art School near Blackpool, where he won prizes for drawing, and later also studied art in Paris. In 1891, a 21 year old artist living at Leighton Neston, Cheshire with his widower father, and siblings Ronald and Mildred. In 1901, a lodger at High Street, Newmarket, Suffolk, the home of Arthur Mewes and his wife and settled in Newmarket and district where he was an equestrian and animal artist in oil and occasionally in watercolour, also a sculptor, taking private commissions to paint horses and other animals. He married at Banbury, Oxfordshire in 1904, 39 year old Annie Beatrice Kelk (6 December 1866-9 February 1955) and in 1911, they were living at The Cottage, South Cerney, Cirencester with a five year old son, Daniel Grenfell (1905-1988), born Stretchworth, Cambridgeshire, who married at Calcutta, India in 1937, Ella Newell Thomas (1913-2004), daughter of Lt Col Arnold Newell Thomas and Kate Mary O'Flynn. The Duke of Beaufort was his patron, which led to commissions from the Cotswold racing and hunting fraternity. Amongst the racehorses that he painted were portraits of 'The Petrarch', 'Diomedes', 'Airborne', 'April Fifth' and 'Ocean Swell'. Actor Tom Walls (1883-1949) was the owner of 'April Fifth', the 1932 Derby winner, for whom Haigh also painted a number of hunter portraits. In 1939, Haigh was and artist living at Cleevestones, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire with his wife and was of North Bank, Adderbury, Banbury when he died at Tracy Nursing Home, Banbury on 12 October 1963, aged 93.




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