POLITACHI, Paul

1865 - 1937

Also painted under the names of Paul Paul and Paul Politachi, was born in Constantinople in 1865, son of Constantine Politachi (1840-1914), a merchant in cotton goods, and his wife Virginie. About 1870 they came to England and in 1871, a 6 year old living at 4 Victoria Crescent, Broughton, Salford with his parents, 31 year old Contantine and 23 year old Virginie with two sibling sisters, Eutcripi 4 and Emilie 2, also living with them was Contantine's mother, 55 year old Fotine Politachi, all born in Constantinople, they also kept a governess and a servant. In January 1887 Paul enrolled at Herkomer's School at Bushey, Hertfordshire and was introduced to membership of the Staithes Group of Artists. In 1891, a 25 year old grey cloth agent living with the family now at Bury New Road, Broughton and he married at Hendon, Middlesex in 1896, Marion Archer after which he changed his name to Paul Plato Paul. As Paul Plato Politachi, in February 1896, as an unemployed cloth salesman of 40 Lloyd Street, Manchester and formerly living with his father at Glen Lodge, Kersal, Manchester, he appeared for his public examination in bankruptcy. In 1901, a 35 year old artist painter living at 4 Rudolph Road, Bushey, Watford, Hertfordshire with his 36 year old wife Marion and their 4 year old son George. His wife died in 1909 when he married secondly in 1910 at Conway, Caernarvon, Margaret Ellen Bursi (1882-1964) and in 1911 a 44[sic] year old, now Paul Paul, living at 11 Bath Road, Bedford Park, Chiswick with his 29 year old wife Margaret, son George and a new son 1 year old John. He painted chiefly in oils using small strokes of pure colour, very much in the manner of the French Impressionists and was to spend most of his career based in London. But he painted on the North Yorkshire coast during the peak of the Staithes Group but he also worked in Etaples in France and at Walberswick in Suffolk, both favourite haunts of Philip Wilson Steer [q.v]. Elected to the Royal Society of British Artists in 1903 and in that year exhibited 'The Old Pier, Walberswick' and 'The Road to the Village' in their winter exhibition. He died at Brentford, Middlesex in 1937, aged 71.






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