WEEKES, Percy

1859 - 1934

Percy Weekes

Born at Burstow, Surrey on 1 August 1859 and baptised on 15 April 1860, son of sculptor Henry Weekes (1807-1877) and his wife Eliza Alice née Burrows (or Burroughs), who married at Lambeth, London in 1849. Percy studied art and in 1871 an 11 year old living at 96 Buckingham Palace Road, London with his parents 64 year old Henry and 47 year old Eliza, with step-siblings John 18, a bank clerk, and Alice 16 and a visitor 27 year old artist Agnes Tracy [q.v.]. On the death of his father in 1877 Percy, and his sister Alice [Weekes q.v.] seems to have come to live in Ipswich where his artist friend Agnes Tracy was living in Christchurch Street, and he became a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1878-1879 exhibiting in 1879 two paintings 'Unwilling Information' and 'Off Duty'. At the Art Club he met his future wife, Miriam Kerns [q.v.] and they married at Walton-cum-Felixstowe, Suffolk on 16 August 1880. In 1881, a 26 year old artist living at 9 Kensington Crest, Kensington, London with his 26 year old wife Miriam, also an artist. The couple's first child, Elma was born in 1882 and the following year they emigrated to California and in 1883 they purchased a 37 acre ranch in Sonoma County near Sebastopol where their second child Vivienne was born in 1886 but, not being farmers, they sold the farm in 1894 during which time Percy and Miriam continued to work part-time as landscape painters and illustrators. After going to Alameda for about two years they moved to Fruitvale and Elmhurst, Oakland, California to become a full-time artist in landscapes and animal paintings exhibiting at the Mechanics' Institute of San Francisco in 1888. He continued to live and work in the Oakland area until his death at 1637 Grand Avenue, Fruitvale, California on 31 December 1934.










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