BACK, William Edward

1889 - 1985

Born at Norwich, Norfolk on 24 September 1889, son of Philip Edward Back, chairman of Backs wine merchants of Norwich, and his wife Ellen Race née Shales, daughter of William Shales of Bradwell, Suffolk, who married at Great Yarmouth in 1881. In 1911 a 21 year old 'apprentice' living with his parents at Mancroft Towers, Oulton Broad, Suffolk. He sketched regularly in East Anglia with Sir Alfred Munnings [q.v.] who gave him his first oil paint box and, at the age of 18, had his first solo show in Bond Street, London but his family would not allow him to take-up art as a career which he gave up at the age of 23. A member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle 1907-1908 from Oulton Broad, Suffolk. He married at Kingston, Surrey in 1914, Dorothy Alice R. Trenaman (1890-1963) and their son was Robert Back [q.v.] As a frustrated artist turned aircraft designer, he emigrated to Australia after the Great War, but on inheriting the family estate in Norfolk and Suffolk, in 1931 the family returned to England. He must have resumed his artistic career as he exhibited at St John's Church Hall, Lowestoft in December 1960 'Fishing Boat, South of France' and 'Summer Squall'. He died at Oulton Broad in 1985.