BUTLER, Herbert Edward

1861 - 1931

Herbert Edward Butler, was born at 4 Carlton Villas, Camden Road, Islington, London in 1861, son of Isaac Butler, a tar distiller & lamp black manufacturer, and his wife Sarah née Ayton, who married at Hackney, London in 1856. He studied at the Royal Academy Schools and in 1881, a 20 year old art student, living at 235 Camden Road, Islington with his parents, 51 year old Isaac and 50 year old Sarah, and his five siblings, William B. 24, Alfred M. 18, Eleanor 14, Catherine M. 9 and Florence M. 7, and the family kept three indoor servants. A landscape & figure painter and an illustrator, and a member and exhibitor at the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1883 when he exhibited from 235 Camden Road, London four oil paintings, ‘Who’s Afraid?’, ‘The Old Barn’, ‘A June Cornfield’ and ‘Farm Buildings’ and continued to exhibit annually until 1890. He then seems to have visited Cornwall where, in 1892 he married at Liskeard, Sophia Rowett Pond and then went to Chicago, USA where their eldest daughter, Alice was born in 1894. He returned to England and was living at Watford where daughter Mary and son John were born. By March 1901, a 40 year old artist (painter), living at The Orchard, Tallard Hill, Tallard, Polperro, Cornwall with his 28 year old wife Sophia, born Polperro and their three children Alice 7, Mary 5 and John 3. At Polperro, besides painting, he also ran a painting school and in 1911, was still living at The Orchard with is wife and daughter Mary with an addition of 6 year old Catherine Sarah. Butler enjoyed a national reputation with fourteen of his pictures being exhibited at the Royal Academy large oil paintings, so fashionable with the Victorians, but after the First World War, he turned more to smaller watercolours and was also a book illustrator. His oil painting 'Politics' was exhibited at the centenary exhibition of the Ipswich Art Club in 1974 and he also exhibited at the International Society; Liverpool Walker Art Gallery; Manchester City Art Gallery; Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours. Of Hillside, Polperro, Cornwall when he died at Woodside Nursing Home, Plymouth, Devon on 30 August 1931, aged 70 and his wife died at 34 Thornhill Road, Plymouth on 29 September 1939, aged 67.

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