LONGE, William Verner

1857 - 1924

Baptised at Hemingstone, Suffolk on 31 May 1857, son of Revd John Longe (1832-1916) and his wife Maria Elizabeth Verner née Martin, who married at Coddenham, Suffolk in 1856 and was a cousin of Louisa Longe [q.v.]. In 1861, a 3 year old living at Springfield House, Norwich Road, Ipswich with his parents, 28 year old John, born Combs, Suffolk and 27 year old Maria, born in France, and two siblings, Springfield House had been the home of of the Martin family of Coddenham. By 1871, his father was curate at Tuddenham St Martin, near Ipswich and the family, now of six children, were living at the Tuddenham Vicarage. William studied at Ipswich School of Art and in Brussels and in 1881 his father was rector of Sternfield, near Aldeburgh, Suffolk with his wife and five of his children including 23 year old William ‘an artist’ and they were still there in 1891. A talented equestrian and landscape artist and a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1875-1891 and exhibited from Sternfield Rectory, Suffolk from 1875 when he had ten pictures on show and in 1881 six pictures, oils ‘Polly’ and 'Sunrise on the Sea' and watercolours 'Stranded', 'A Winter Evening', 'Early Morning' and 'A Winter Moon', in 1882 he exhibited a further six pictures, oils two entitled 'A Hunting Sketch' and 'A Portrait' and watercolours 'Blackheath, near Aldeburgh', 'The Keeper's Cottage, Sternfield' and 'In Perils of Waters' and in 1883 four watercolours 'Hunting Sketch'. In 1889 he had on show five pictures 'The Lowing Herd', 'Late with the Rising Moon', 'Fruit' and 'Watching' and continued to exhibit regularly with last five exhibits being in 1923 'Flies', 'The Last Days of the Old Inn, Slaughden', 'Haysel Time', 'The Two Thousand Guineas' and 'Ipswich from Whitton Fields', two of the renamed pictures were on show at the Club centenary in 1974 a watercolour 'The Old Inn at Slaughden' and an oil 'The Canal Turn'. He also exhibited at the Bury & West Suffolk Fine Art Society in 1882 several equestrian pictures. His many fine equestrian scenes include ‘The Grand National’ (1896), ‘The Gold Cup, Ascot’ (1897), ‘The Finish of the St Leger’ (1904), six watercolours of ‘The Cottenham Races’ (1891), and ‘The Grand National’ (1912) and a portrait of the Prince of Wales’s horse ‘Diamond Jubilee’ winner of the 2000 guineas, the Derby and the St Leger in 1900. In 1901, a 43 year old artist, a visitor at Knowsley Park, Knowsley, Lancashire, the home of J J Hornby, a land agent. He married at Brandeston, Suffolk on 5 January 1905, Marjory Brooke (born 4 October 1881), daughter of Reginald Brooke and granddaughter of Francis Capper Brooke (1810-1886), her mother was Jane Austin of the extremely wealthy family of Brandeston Hall. In 1911, they were living at Sternfield Rectory, with a 5 year old daughter Dorothy Verner, born Sternfield. William died at Springfield House, Ipswich on 19 September 1924, aged 67 and his wife died in 1949, aged 77.




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