HAIGH, Alfred Grenfell

1870 - 1963

Born at Wavertree, Liverpool, Lancashire on 28 February 1870, son of Reginald Haigh, a cotton broker, and his wife Flora née Grenfell, who married in 1863. In 1871 living at Formby, Lancashire with his parents, 39 year old Reginald and 28 year old Flora, born South America, and his three siblings and they retained six indoor servants, but Flora died in 1874, aged 33. Educated at Ellery [Boarding] School, Atherton Street, Liscard, Cheshire and studied at art school. In 1891, a 21 year old artist living at Leighton Neston, Cheshire with his widower father and a brother and sister. By 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 1866-1955)and in 1911 they were living at The Cottage, South Cerney, Cirencester with a five year old son Daniel Grenfell, born Stretchworth, Cambridgeshire. 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 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 at Banbury in 1963, aged 93, having survived his 87 year old wife by 8 years.

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