CADBY, Walter Frederick

1856 - 1938

Walter Frederick Cadby, was born at Holborn, London in 1856, son of Charles Cadby, a pianoforte manufacturer, and his wife Valentia Mary née Cooke, who married at St Pancras, London in 1843. In 1861, a 4 year old living at Lawn Cottage, John Street, Hampstead, London with his parents, 49 year old Charles and 38 year old Valence[sic], with five siblings, Charles 14, Ambrose 11, Clara 9, Jessie 7 and Ernest 1. In 1871, a pupil at Amersham Hall School and went to Cornwall as an artist, as in 1881 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 Philip William May (18641903), 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 (1866-1950), 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 Ormond House, Westleton, Saxmundham, Suffolk on 13 March 1938 and Emma continued to live at Westleton until her death at Ormond House on 17 December 1968.