NEWTON, Algernon Cecil

1880 - 1968

Algernon Newton

Born at Hampstead, London on 23 February 1880, youngest child of Arthur Henry Newton (1830-1901), colour manufacturer, and his wife Georgianna Tregoning née Nicholls (1837-1918), who married at Redruth, Cornwall in 1859, and grandson of one of the founders of Winsor & Newton, of artists' colourmen. After a couple of years Algernon left Clare College, Cambridge in 1900, without taking a degree and then studied at various art colleges in London, including the School of Animal Painting in Kensington run by Frank Calderon (1865Ė1943). Newton specialised in urban views painted in a sombre, naturalistic style. Early in the First World War, Newton held the rank of Sub-lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, later serving with the Army before being invalided out in 1916 with pneumonia, recuperating over the next few years among the artist community at Lamorna, Cornwall. In 1919 he returned to London and started exhibiting at the Royal Academy of Art and in the 1920s regularly exhibited at the New English Art Club. Elected an associate of the Royal Academy on 18 February 1936, a Member on 23 April 1943 and a senior on 1 January 1956. Much of his work from 1923 onwards was made up of urban views of London, often depicted without figures and thereby creating a sense of profound stillness and calm. He avoided the more famous parts of the city, preferring instead the run-down areas of Bayswater, Paddington and the industrial landscapes along the Regentís Canal in Camden Town and Kentish Town. Newton married firstly at Hampstead in 1903, author Marjorie Emelia Balfour Rider and had two sons, one of being the actor Robert Newton, and two daughters, before they divorced. He married secondly at Kensington in 1921 Elsie Mary W. Richards (23 July 1886-1974). In 1939 an 'artist painter' living at Hill Farm, Stratford St Mary, Ipswich with his wife Elsie. He died at Kensington, London on 21 May 1968. His 'Evening on the Avon' was commissioned for the Long Gallery of the RMS Queen Mary and a number of his paintings are in Art Galleries in the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States. His auction record is £128,500, set at Bonham's on 10 June 2015 for his oil 'City of London from Hampstead Heath' (1949).









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