BUTLER, Arthur

1918 - 2003

Arthur Butler

Born at Wakefield, Yorkshire on 5 August 1918, son of Sydney Arthur Butler and his wife Ethel née Lucas, who married at Wakefield in 1907 and in 1911 were living at 32 Whitehall Street, Wakefield, 25 year old Sydney, a clerk, with his 26 year old wife Ethel with two children, 3 year old Marjorie and 1 year old Herbert. Arthur studied at Wakefield School of Art and the Royal College of Art. He specialised in watercolours mainly of architectural and topographical scenes and exhibited at the Royal Academy. By 1966 Arthur was the proprietor of the Barge Gallery, Reliance, Pin Mill, Ipswich and a quote on the gallery from 'Suffolk Art 1966' 'An unusual gallery is to be found in beautiful surroundings at the popular yachting centre of Pin Mill. The Gallery is housed on board the 60 year old 'Reliance' in what were the seamenís quarters in the focísle, and provides space for about 60 pictures. Arthur Butler, ARCA, keeps a varied show of his own work and also exhibits guest artists, including oil, watercolour, prints, pottery, wood-carving and drawing. Art tuition can be arranged.' He died at Ipswich in August 2003.