ALDIS, Elijah

1822 - 1889

Baptised at Long Stratton, Norfolk on 9 April 1822, son of Edward Aldis and his wife Susanna. He married at Northwold, Thetford, Norfolk/Suffolk borders in 1847, Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Fendick and his wife Elizabeth née Rogers, who was baptised at Northwold on 14 October 1825 and died at Ipswich in 1881. In 1851 a 28 year old ornamental painter living at Feltwell, Norfolk with his 25 year old wife and 4 year old son Arthur Frederick, born Feltwall. Builder at 28a George Street, Portman Square, St Marylebone 1858-1859 and portrait painter at George Street 1860-1862. Aldis opened the Langham Photographic Studio, on the first floor of the Portland Bazaar, Langham Place, Regent Street in 1863 but a serious fire in the Bazaar’s premises in July 1863 forced Aldis to move to E. Burton's shop at 47 Baker Street, Marylebone where he had his studio until June 1864. He then had a studio at 12 Arthur Grove, Heriot Place, St. Pancras until 1865. Member of the Photographic Society (later The Royal Photographic Society) from 1865. In 1867 a portrait painter at High Street, Worcester and was still there in 1871 with his 47 year old wife Elizabeth and sons, William 13 and Frederick 8, both born at Marylebone and Albert 6, born at Kentish Town. About 1873 he left Worcester and was a baker in a general shop at Newton Flotman, a village next to his birth town, where he was living in 1881 but his wife died at Ipswich the same year. In 1883, when of Ipswich, he exhibited at Ipswich Fine Art Club an oil ‘Off to the Beach View, near Clovelly, North Devon’. In 1885 a photographer, artist & confectioner at 17 Westgate Street, Ipswich but in April 1886 he emigrated to New Zealand and shortly after his arrival, together with his son Albert, set up a studio and art gallery in Coombe's Arcade, off Queen Street, Auckland and began conducting art classes and exhibiting their own works for sale and Elijah also took commissions as a portrait painter. He died at Auckland, New Zealand in July 1889. Author of 'Carvings and Sculpture of Worcester Cathedral' (London 1873). His son Albert Edward Aldis (31 January 1865-26 December 1922) who trained at Ipswich School of Science & Art, was a prolific Australian artist.

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