VAN SOMEREN, Edmund Lawrence

1875 - 1963

Edmund Van Someren

Born at Bangalore, India on 4 July 1875, son of Col. Gotlieb James van Someren (1842-1915) of the Indian Army and his wife Sarah née Marsden, who married at Bangalore on 15 July 1868. He married at Chelsea, London on 7 February 1912, Heldegarde Mary (13 February 1870–3 June 1942), daughter of Revd Charles Garth Fullerton (1838-1890) and his wife Catherine Lucy née Kenney-Herbert. Educated at Linton House school, Worthing followed by a period under a private tutor and then at Dresden Academy, returning to England in 1893 studied for the entrance examination for the Royal Academy succeeding two years later. On the outbreak of the South African Wars, following family tradition, commissioned into the Lancashire Fusiliers and served in the Boer Wars and at the peace established an Academy of Painting in Cape Town where he painted a number of important portraits. On his return to England in 1906 he took a studio in Chelsea and exhibited at the Royal Academy and being elected to the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1912. He also exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; New English Art Club; New Gallery; Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Royal Scottish Academy. At the outbreak of the First World War he rejoined his regiment, serving as a major in both France and Belgium before resigning his commission in 1920. After a short time at Chelsea he came to Suffolk in 1927 living at Melton House, near Woodbridge where he began painting the Suffolk countryside but also continued with portrait painting and giving lectures on art and artists. A member of the Ipswich Art Club from 1923 until 1937 and exhibited from Melton House, Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1923 five works, four oils 'Wilford Bridge', 'Low Tide on the Deben', 'The Pilgram' and 'The Spinning Wheel' and a watercolour 'Storm Clouds' and in 1927 four works 'Portrait. Miss Elsie Murray', and watercolours 'Across the Lake, Bromeswell', 'Decoy Farm, Melton' and 'Deben Willows, Ufford', his oil portrait 'Miss Marian Van Someran' was exhibited at their centenary exhibition in 1974. In 1939 'an artist' living at Melton House, Woodbridge, Suffolk with his wife and where he died on 3 September 1963 and buried in Melton Old churchyard.




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