GOTTO, Felix Corry

1913 - 1994

Felix Corry Gotto was born at Brierfield, Randalstown, Antrim, Northern Ireland on 13 March 1913, son of Belfast born James Porter Corry Gotto (born 7 June 1879), who married at Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1905 and in 1914 were living at Randalstown. Felix, like his brothers Christopher Corry (born 12 December 1911) and Arthur Brian (born 26 April 1916), was educated at Elm Park Preparatory School, near Killylea, Co. Armagh and from 1926, as a boarder, at Dauntsey's Public School at West Lavington, Wiltshire before studying at the Slade School of Fine Arts 1931-1933 under Randolph Schwabe (1885-1948). Felix became a textile designer, travelling extensively during his years within the industry, and in 1935 designed the 'Mandalay' pattern now in the Victoria and Albert Museum collection along with other of his fabric designs which he designed for the Old Bleach Linen Co. Ltd., of Randalstown. He lived for most of his life in Northern Ireland and in 1932 a member of the Strangford Lough Sailing Club at White Rock, Killinchy with his Snipe Class yacht 'Wavelength' and he became a well-known yachtsman in Northern Island and in 1946 his yacht 'Ludana' was berthed in Chichester Harbour. He married in the Deben district of Suffolk in 1937, Mary Elizabeth Richardson (1913-2002) and they had at least two children including a daughter Joyce, who married in Belfast in 1937. About 1976, Felix and his wife returned to Suffolk, living at The Forge, Woolverstone, on the River Orwell near Ipswich. Felix was also an artist, painting around Ipswich and further afield in Suffolk and his paintings reflect a level of influence from Randolph Schwabe’s oils of 'Workers in the Fields' found in Dr Gill Clarke’s book 'Randolph Schwabe. A Life in Art' (2013). His works include 'Greyfriars Ipswich', 'Dolly Houses Heatherhayes Ipswich', 'The Green Hut Holbrook', 'Ipswich Docks', 'The Orwell Haven Levington', 'Orwell Bridge', 'Cattawade', 'And A Broken Rose', 'The Back Way into my Garden', 'Wherstead Church', and 'The Mill Pond Holbrook'. He died at Ipswich in March/April 1994.

Works by This Painter