CULMER, Alban Russell

1882 - 1970

Born at Islington, London on 20 April 1882, eldest son and second child of Thomas William Culmer (1851-1933), wholesale artist brush maker, and his wife Eliza Robertson Grinder née Kennedy (1856-1941), who married at Islington in 1879. In 1901, Alban was an 18 year old artist brush maker, living at 2 Woodview Villa, Archway Road, Hornsey, Middlesex with his parents, 49 year old Thomas and 44 year old Eliza with six siblings, Mary 20, Michael 16, Harold 12, Arthur 9 and Grace 8. By 1911 they had moved to Ashington Hall, Ashington, Essex. He married at Rochford, Essex in 1912, Gwladis M. Barnes and they had four children. The family firm was Culmak Ltd., which moved to Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1920. A member of the Ipswich Art Club from 1946 until his death, exhibiting from The Old Rectory, Orford, Suffolk in 1946 two oil paintings 'Nocturne' and 'Band Concert in the Rain, Bruges', the following year he exhibited from Brook House, Woodbridge, two oils 'Orford Quay' and 'Mirror'd in the Water Clear' and a watercolour 'Orford. Februrary 1947'; in 1948 he had on show two oils 'The Old Tide Mill, Woodbridge' and 'Blakeney, Norfolk' in 1949 two oils 'Easter Fair, Woodbridge' and 'Tide Mill, Woodbridge' and a watercolour 'Eventide' and two oils in 1950 'Boyton Dock' and 'Sky over the Deben'. A regular exhibitor in 1967 he was exhibiting from Turn Lane Cottage, Woodbridge with his last showings were two oils in 1974 'River Colne' and 'Gathering Seaweed', Alban was also an exhibitor in London. During the 1960's the company, now one of the largest shaving brush manufacturers in England, was sold to Addis Ltd., and moved to Hertford. Alban died in the Samford district of Suffolk in 1970.