GILL, William Lewis

1854 - 1912

Born at Islington, London in 1854, eldest child of William Gill, a commercial clerk, and his wife Elizabeth Jessie née MacDonald. By 1863 they were living in Ipswich and in 1871, William, jun. was a 17 year old ‘assistant photographer’ living at Vine Cottage, Globe Lane, Ipswich with his parents, 58 year old William, born Bury St Edmund's and 50 year old Elizabeth, born Southwark, with three siblings James 15 born Islington, Ellen 11 born Great Yarmouth and Herbert 8 born Ipswich. William was apprenticed to Ipswich photographer William Vick (1833-1911), and was also an artist, both in oil and watercolour and exhibited at the Bury & West Suffolk Fine Art Circle in 1882 'A Corner in Ipswich Cattle Market' and 'Cattle on the Marsh' and was a member of Ipswich Fine Art Club 1883-1898 but was exhibiting from 1879. In 1881 he exhibited from 33 Newson Street, Ipswich, ten works including ‘A Misty Morning’, in 1882 fourteen works including 'A Fine Morning-View from the Promenade', in 1883 eighteen works including 'Moonlight on the Wensum, Norwich'. In 1884 he exhibited from North Light House, Sir Isaac’s Walk, Colchester four watercolours including 'Cloudy Afternoon-A Sketch at Sproughton' and in 1885 two watercolours 'Evening' and 'Bourn Bridge' and continued to exhibit including in 1890 ‘Maltings Farm, Lexden, Colchester’ ‘Sleeping Bridge, Colchester’ and ‘Brightlingsea, Essex’. He married at Norwich in 1879, Elizabeth Charlotte Rey of Kings Lynn, Norfolk and in 1891 William ‘photographer & artist’ was living at Maldon Road, Colchester with his 36 year old wife Elizabeth and their children William 11, Elizabeth 10, both born at Ipswich and Enid 4, born at Colchester and they were still living there in 1901 with a further three children. He died at St Pancras, London on 23 February 1912 and at the time of his death, Gill was President of the Professional Photographers' Association and his death was widely reported in photographic circles, such as Wilson's Photographic Magazine. There are other William Gill's and their paintings are conflated.

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