MacQUOID, Percy Thomas

1852 - 1925

Born at Kensington, London in January 1852, son of Thomas Robert Macquoid (24 January 18206 April 1912), book illustrator and watercolourist, and his wife Katharine Sarah née Thomas, who married at St George's Hanover Square, London in 1851. In 1871, a 19 year old art student living at Stanley Place, Kings Road, Chelsea with his parents, 51 year old Thomas and 47 year old Katharine, born Kentish Town, London. He married at Kensington in 1877, Charlotte Thorn and in 1881 a 29 year old artist living at 6 Redcliffe Street, Kensington with his 30 year old wife Charlotte, born St George's, London about 1850 and died in Monaco in 1931, by whom she had a child who died in infancy. She and Percy divorced in 1890, with a Benjamin Lewis Mosely being cited as co-respondent; Charlotte married him the following year. Percy married secondly at Eton in 1891, Theresa Isa Dent and in 1901, 49 year old Percy, still describing himself as an 'artist picture painter' was living at 8 Palace Court, Bayswater Road, Paddington with his 42 year old wife Theresa and they kept seven indoor servants. They had built 'The Yellow House', Bayswater, London, to designs by Ernest George and Harold Peto but in the summer and autumn, he and his wife Theresa, lived at 'Hoove Lea', overlooking the sea at Hove. His early career was as an illustrator and theatrical designer and was a favoured designer of the theatrical producer Herbert Beerbohm Tree. A member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1884-1886 but does not seem to have exhibited. In 1899 Macquoid produced decorations for the renovated St James's Theatre, King Street, London and, for the great collector Lord Leverhulme, Macquoid designed the 'Adam Room' for the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Liverpool. The author of articles, largely for 'Country Life', and of four books on the history of English furniture, which have been reprinted and are still of use today 'The Age of Oak', 'The Age of Walnut', 'The Age of Mahogany' and 'The Age of Satinwood'. Much of Macquoid's collection of English furniture, silver, paintings, porcelain, now form the 'Macquoid Bequest', furnishing a room at Preston Manor, in Brighton, East Sussex. He died at Paddington, London in 1925, aged 73.




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