REEVE, Russell Sidney

1895 - 1970

Born at Hethersett, Norwich, Norfolk on 3 June 1895, eldest child of Thomas Sidney Reeve, a coachsmith, and his wife Alice Louisa née Davies, who married at Norwich in 1894. In 1911, 17 year old Russell was a surveyor's clerk living at 69 Cambridge Street, Norwich with his parents, 37 year old Thomas and 39 year old Alice and three siblings, Clarence Victor [q.v.], Stanley Cyril [q.v.] and Ivy May 3. Educated at Cook's Place School, Norwich and was encouraged to paint from an early age studying at Norwich School of Art, later training to become an architect in the Norwich City Engineer's Department 1908-1914. During the First World War whilst a Lieutenant with the Royal Engineers in France, his drawings came to the attention of William Rothenstein (1872-1945), who was later Principal of the Royal College of Art, and Eric Kennington (1888-1960). Upon his return to England, these two artists put Russell forward for a place at the Slade School of Fine Arts 1919-1922 under Philip Wilson Steer [q.v.] and Henry Tonks {1862-1937) and at the Royal College of Art. Reeve developed into a confident draughtsman and was awarded the first prize for figure drawing, the Orpen Bursary and the Robert Ross Scholarship. A watercolour and oil painter, and an etcher he exhibited at the Royal Academy, New English Art Club, Goupil Gallery, Royal Society of British Artists, London Group and in the provinces. His pictures 'The Concrete Mixer' and Unloading Timber' are typical of the industrial scenes he favoured. He also worked abroad painting convential landscapes, such as his picture of Cadaques, Port Algue, Spain which is illustrated in 'Artists Country' by Holmes and Sandilands. A retrospective exhibition was held at Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich in 1992, and in 2004 Sotheby's of London held a studio sale at Olympia, London. Although Reeve made his home in London, much of his family lived in Suffolk and it was there that he drew the animals, landscapes and people that came to characterise his work. His later oeuvre became more European in theme and the people and landscapes of the Mediterranean featured heavily. A member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle 1919-1932 from Norwich and London and a member and exhibitor at the Ipswich Art Club 1923-1953, exhibiting in from 31 Rudall Crescent, Hampstead, London in 1923 sevem works, three oils 'Portrait of the Artist's Brother', 'Still Life' and 'Lilac', a chalk drawing 'Burstall Cross Roads', two charcoals 'The River Chelmer' and 'Study of a Hard Worker' and an etching 'Meeting House Lane, Peckham' and in 1931 a watercolour 'Winter, Pull's Ferry, Norwich' in 1933 two watercolours 'Red House Farm, Sproughton' and 'Cow and Calf', in 1934 'Winter, Pull's Ferry, Norwich' but in 1935 he exhibited from Pilgrim's Place House, Hampstead, two watercolours 'Half Moon Inn, Burstall' and 'Cinderella at the Theatre Royal, Norwich' he was also exhibiting in 1943 'Apres Le Bain' and 'Ducks in Winter' and in 1944 'March in Hampstead Heath Garden' and 'The London-Ipswich Coach'. He married at Norwich in 1922, Lucy Boag (5 August 1897-1964) and died in the Samford district of Suffolk in 1970. The Tate Gallery, the V & A Museum, the Imperial War Museum, as well as at the City of Bradford and City of Sheffield Museums and the Government Art Collections have all acquired his work.

Works by This Painter