BLACKLOCK, William Kay

1872 - 1924

Born in Sunderland in 1872, second son of John Blacklock, engine fitter, and his wife Isabella née Blackett, who married at Sunderland in 1870. In 1881, an 8 year old living at 5 Hudson’s Buildings, Bishop Wearmouth, Sunderland with his parent’s, 39 year old John and 36 year old Isabella, and his two siblings, all born at Sunderland. His father died in 1886 and in 1891 young William was an 18 year old lithographer’s apprentice living at 10 Corporation Road, Rickersgate, Carlisle where his widowed mother was a publican. By 1901 they had moved to 4 Dixon Street, still a lithographer and his mother a ‘boarding house keeper’. He then studied at the School of Art in Edinburgh and the Royal College of Art in London and was a painter in oil and watercolor of genre scenes and landscapes living in London. He married at Chelsea in 1909, [Nellie] Ellen Eliza Richardson [q.v.] and in 1911 a 41 year old artist painter living at 46 Gunder Grove, Chelsea with his wife and one year old daughter Eleanor Irene, born Chelsea. His wife Ellen, known as Nellie, was to become his model for a series of paintings from 1910-1917 and was an artist in her own right firstly under her maiden name of Richardson. William exhibited at Birmingham Royal Society of Artists; Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts; Liverpool Walker Art Gallery; London Salo;, Manchester City Art Gallery; the Royal Academy; Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour; Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters from 1897 until 1921, from Sunderland in 1897, London 1898 and 1909, from Edinburgh School of Art 1902, Walberswick, Suffolk 1912, St. Ives, Huntingdonshire 1918 and Leicester in 1919. By 1912 they had moved to 'The Barn' Walberswick and in 1916 were still living at Walberswick but by 1922 had moved on to Liskerd, Cornwall. He died at Polperro, Cornwall in 1924. He seems to have added ‘Kay’ as his middle name when he took up as an artist.

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