FINCH, William Robert

1905 - 2003

Born at Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, Suffolk on 6 April 1905, son of William Henry Austin Finch (22 March 1880-1956), master mariner, and his wife Alice Jane Wilmott née Macey (23 February 1875-1952), who married at Carlton Colville, Suffolk on 8 January 1902. In 1911 living at 8 Norfolk Terrace Victoria Road, Oulton Broad when he started at his first school, Lovewell School at Kirkley before attending Lowestoft Grammar School, spending a year as a pupil teacher and two as an uncertificated teacher. William was fortunate in 1923, to win a place at one of the oldest training colleges, St John's in Battersea and whilst there, it amalgamated with St Mark's College, Chelsea, becoming the College of St Mark & St John. A self-taught artist in oils, watercolour, pencil, tempera, pastel, gouache, etcher, journalist and teacher. Head of the art department at Beal Grammar School, Ilford and at Chigwell School deveoping a sideline as lecturer to adult groups and writing on rural achitecture for Essex and Kent newspapers. He exhibited at the Royal Academy; East End Academy; Reading Art Guild; Ilford Art Society and elsewhere. The author of 'Country Buildings-how to appreciate them and how to sketch them' (1951). He also wrote an account of the East Anglian fishing industry 'The Sea in my Blood' (1992). He donated his own pictorial records of Lowestoft and its fishermen to Lowestoft Museum. In 1939 a schoolmaster art specialist living at 11 Wroxham Road, Ipswich with the Stafford family. He married in 1942 Alice Macey and they had two sons, the marriage was dissolved in 1955 and in 1969 he married secondly Peggy Doreen Hill. He latterly lived at Waveney Cottage, Weybread, Suffolk where he died on 15 April 2003. In his nineties he fulfilled a lifetime ambition by donating to Lowestoft Library over 100 of his paintings, drawings and etchings for its permanent collection. This painter is sometimes conflated with Alfred William Finch (1854-1930) and he is probably the painter of the lithograph of 'Lions'.




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