TOLLEMACHE, Hon. Duff James Alfred

1859 - 1936

After the Catch

Born at Peckforton Castle, Tarporley, Cheshire on 5 January 1859, seventh son of the nine children of John, 1st Baron Tollemache (1805-1890) of Helmingham Suffolk, and his second wife [Minnie] Eliza Georgina Duff (1828-1918), who married in 1850, his first wife was Georgina Louisa née Best, who died in 1846 after having five children. Educated at Cheam School and studied at the Royal Academy Schools and the Académie Julian in Paris and found work in the studios of sea painter François Musin (1820-1888) in Brussels and Léon Bonnat (1833-1922) and Alfred Stevens (1823-1906) in Paris. A painter of landscapes, marines and portraits and a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1881-1931 and exhibited from 8 St James’s Square, London in 1882 an oil 'Old Hulks, Portsmouth Harbour', in 1884 'Runswick Cobbles' and three oils in 1885 'Fading Glory', 'After the Catch' and 'On the Coast of Britanny' and was an irregular exhibitor exhibiting in 1916 'The Rocks of Finisterre'. He also exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1899 until 1932 also at Birmingham Royal Society of Artists; Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Manchester City Art Gallery; New Gallery; Royal Society of British Artists; Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour; Royal Institute of Oil Painters and Royal Scottish Academy from 1883-1932. To provide for his large family, his father Lord John Tollemache, in 1888 decided to sell some of the family pictures housed at Peckforton ‘comforting himself with the thought that one of his sons, Duff, was an accomplished artist and would be able to copy them.’ Duff Tollemache, as he was known, had various addresses in London until about 1899 when he settled at 131 Oakwood Court, Kensington but throughout his life maintained contact with his family at Helmingham Hall, Suffolk. He married on 30 June 1897, Emily Beer[Tollemache q.v.]. He died at Bournemouth on 18 April 1936, without issue. At the centenary exhibition of the Ipswich Art Club in 1974 two of his oil paintings were on show, a seascape 'The Chase of a Slaver' and a portrait 'William Augustus Tollemache'.




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