CADBY, Walter Frederick

1856 - 1938

Born at Holborn, London in 1856, son of Charles Cadby, a pianoforte manufacturer, and his wife Valence M. née [?]. In 1871 a 4 year old living at Lawn Cottage, John Street, Hampstead, London with his parents, 49 year old Charles and 38 year old Valence with five siblings. In 1871 a pupil at Amersham Hall School and went to Cornwall as an artist and in 1881 was a 24 year old artist/painter lodging at Dunheved Road, Little Evoburn, Lauceston and his watercolour 'Overlooking the Logan Rock, Penberth Cover, Cornwall' was painted in 1882. He married at Kensington in 1891, Clara Vaughan (1870-1901) and in that year was 34 year old artist living at Ormond Studio, Notting Hill Grove, Kensington with his 21 year old wife Clara. Clara died in 1901, aged 31, when Walter was a 44 year old widower living at 10 Aubrey Walk, Kensington. A close friend of artists Philip Wilson Steer [q.v.] and the eccentric Phil. May, he must have spent time in Walberswick before his second marriage at Bradfield, Berkshire in 1902 to 19 year old Emma Ada Brown (1882-1968), a child model, who was born at Walberswick and the daughter of a local fisherman; her sister Dolly Brown married portrait painter Frank Morley Fletcher and helped him to run an art school in California. In 1911 a 54 year old on 'private means' living at Westleton, Suffolk with his 28 year old wife Emma and their four year old son Charles, who was born at Westleton. A member of the New English Art Club but he did little exhibiting, and today his work is largely unnoticed. He died at Westleton in 1938 and Emma continued to live at Westleton until her death in 1968.