SUMMERS, Gerald

1886 - 1969

Gerald Summers

Born at Mottram in Longdendale, Stalybridge, Cheshire on 10 March 1886, son of John Summers, ironmaster, and his wife Ada Jane née Broome, who married at Oldham, Lancashire in 1881. In 1891, living at 'Inglewood', Mottram Road, Stalybridge, Cheshire with his parents, 34 year old John and 29 year old Ada Jane and siblings Kathleen 8, John Broome 6 and Ada N. 3, all born at Stalybridge. Gerald studied at Slade School of Fine Art 1905-1909 and was a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1909-1911 giving his address at Inglewood, Stalybridge but does not seem to have exhibited and, returning to London, lodged at 6 York Street, St James, Westminster. He married at Chelsea, London in 1912, Nora Munro after which they led a Bohemian lifestyle including a friendship with Augustus John (1878-1961). After his First World War service in France, in 1923 they settled at Ferndown, Dorset where he took up toy and furniture making. In 1939 an artist living at 'Greenworlds', Wimborne Road, Wimborne and Cranborne, Dorset with his wife Nora (born 19 March 1892) also described as an artist. He exhibited at the New English Art Club, Chenil and Redfern Galleries and Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, having a solo exhibition at Paterson Gallery in 1930. His wife Nora died at Bournemouth in 1948 aged 56 and Gerald died at Poole, Dorset in 1969,




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