GATES, William Henry

1854 - 1935

The Wrekin from Coalbrookdale, Shropshire

Born at Paddington, London on 15 December 1854 and baptised at St James the Great, Bethnal Green on 1 April 1855, son of William Henry Gates, a plasterer, and his wife Ann George or Mills, who married at Lambeth in 1851. In 1861 6 year old William was living at 6 Orchard Street, Kensington, London with his parents, 37 year old William and 38 year old Ann with siblings, Emily 9 and Lilly 1. William studied at the Royal College of Art married at New Cross, London in 1881, Ellen Maria Bartlett. In 1891 a 36 year old teacher in a school of drawing, living at Dunstall Road, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire with his wife Ellen and three daughters. In 1911, a 55 year old art master at Coalbrookdale School of Art, living at 19 Paradise, Ironbridge, Madeley, Shropshire with his 57 year old wife Ellen Maria and their four daughters, Annie 27, Edith Mary 25, both born in London, with Gertrude Minnie 24, born Wolverhampton and Lily Marian 16, born in Shropshire. He exhibited from Redons Cottage, East Allons, Combe Martin, Devon at the Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1923 two oil paintings 'View of the Wrekin, Coalbrookdale, Shropshire' and a 'Decorative Panel' and two oils in 1932 'The Old Bridge at Cressage, Shropshire' and 'Buildwas Abbey, Shropshire' and one in 1933 'Peonies'. He also exhibited at the Royal Academy, both paintings and sculpture, the Walker Art Gallery; the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours. He died at Barnstable, Devon in early 1935, aged 80.








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