BELL, Arthur George

1849 - 1916

Arthur George Bell, was born at St Dunstan's, City of London in 1849, son of George Bell, a London bookseller, and his wife Hannah née Simpson, who married at St Pancras Church, London in 1840. In 1851, Arthur was living at 2 Haverstock Terrace, Hampstead with his parents, 35 year old George and 32 year old Hannah and his five siblings, Mary 8, Edward 6, Edith 5, Rachel 3 and a male newly born infant. Arthur married at The Minster, Southwold, Suffolk in 1882, Nancy Regina Emily Meugens (1844-1933), who was an author and translator, and the eldest of their three children Kenneth Norman Bell was born at Sutherland House, Southwold, Suffolk in 1884. A painter and illustrator and in 1888 a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club in which year he exhibited three paintings 'The River Blyth', 'Return of the Haymakers' and 'The Landing Place'. By 1891, they had moved to 'Ruthkeah', St Catherine's Road, Christchurch, Hampshire and by 1911 had left Hampshire for 42 Queens Road, Richmond, Surrey but Arthur died at 'Rastgarth', Foxholes Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth on 24 September 1916, aged 67. His wife Nancy's books include a series 'An Elementary History of Painting' (1883); 'An Elementary History of Art(1888); 'Masterpieces of the Great Artists AD 1400-1700' (1893); 'The Student's Handbook of Art(1895); 'Thomas Gainsborough' (1897); 'Representative Painters of the XIXth Century' (1899); 'The Saints in Christian Art' (1901-04); 'Tintoretto' (1905); 'Paolo Veronese' (1904); 'Architecture' 1913; 'Mantegna' 1911. Bell also wrote tourist guides, travel books, lives of saints and translated the text of James Jacques Joseph Tissot's 'The life of our Saviour Jesus Christ; three hundred and sixty-five compositions' with her husband illustrating several of her works.

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