GLENN, Walter John

1907 - 2002

Born at Leeds on 7 March 1907, third of the four children of William Jones Glenn (29 November 1874-1965), life assurance district manager, and his wife Annie Isabella née Pender (10 Septembr 1872-1957), who married at Toxteth Park, Lancashire in 1897 and in 1939 the family including Walter and Alfred [q.v.] were living at 281 Colchester Road, Ipswich. In 1911, a 4 year old living at 236 Chillingham Road, Heaton, Newcastle-on-Tyne with his parents, 36 year old William and 38 year old Annie, and his three siblings Winifred Annie 12, William Pender 10 and Alfred George [q.v.]. Walter received no formal art training and although originally a painter in oil, watercolour and pastel, by 1974 was mainly concentrating on watercolour. He exhibited regularly in Ipswich from 1926 and became a member of Ipswich Art Club in 1929 exhibiting two watercolours from 46 Sidegate Lane, Ipswich in 1927, 'Summer Evening, Martlesham Creek' and 'St Osyth, Essex', five paintings in 1932 including an oil 'Low Water, Harwich' and watercolours 'Summer Evening, Melton', 'A Lane down to the Sea, St Aubin's, Jersey', Trees and a Boat, looking across Brelades Bay, Jersey' and 'Roofs of Old Ipswich. In 1933 he exhibited from 'The Talwrn', Colchester Road, Ipswich four paintings 'Approach of Evening, Brightlingsea', 'Castles of Sky and Sea, Elizabeth Castle, Channel Islands' and a watercolour 'A Wet Day, Dedham' and was a regular exhibitor. In 1941 Walter G. Glenn exhibited a pastel 'Harwich Harbour', and in 1942 'Thatched Roof', in 1943 'Afternoon in the Harbour' and 'Polperro' and in 1944 'The Road to the Ferry, Felixstowe', 'A Sunlit Quay, Polperro' and 'A Peaceful Day, Cherbourg'. He had a watercolour in the centenary exhibition of the Ipswich Art Club in 1974 'Fisherman's Bric-a-Brac' and in 1977 exhibited from 51 Digby Road, Ipswich 'Old Kipper House, Crastor, Northumberland' in 1978 'In for Refit, Tollesbury' and in 1980 two paintings 'Path down to the Sea, Aber Eiddy' and 'Burne's Boatyard, Bosham'. A deputy clerk at St Audrey's Mental Hospital, Ipswich when he married at Prescot, Lancashire in 1947, Stephanie M. Pender and they had one daughter Margaret, born in 1956. He died at Ipswich in 2002.