BOND, William Keer

1869 - 1930

Born at Ipswich on 20 July 1869, one of the seventeen children of Robert Bond (1827-1915), estate agent, and his wife Jane née Beaumont and a brother to Frederick George Bond [q.v.] In 1881 living at his parents business premises at 6 Butter Market, St. Lawrence, Ipswich and in 1891 a 21 year old auctioneer’s clerk still living with his parents in the Butter Market. He married at Haverhill, Suffolk on 14 February 1899, Grace Ellen Gurteen and in 1901 took up residence at ‘Pentucket’ 7 St Edmund’s Road, Ipswich where in 1911 a 42 year old auctioneer with his 42 year old wife Grace and two daughters Iris 10 and Elaine 6, both born at Ipswich. A self-taught artist and in his spare time a watercolour landscapes and marine painter and a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1900-1927 and exhibited from 50 Westerfield Road, Ipswich in 1915 three works 'Poppies', 'The Deben' and 'Ipswich' and in 1927 had five watercolours on show 'Moira Nevin', 'Long Melford', 'Early Morning, Gorleston', 'Wind' and 'Port Dinlleyn' and was a regular exhibitor showing at least 51 works between 1900 and 1923 most being local landscapes and marines other titles included ‘The Wake of the Steamer’ 1903, ‘Walberswick Bridge’ and ‘Blakenham Mill’ 1919. He died at Ipswich on 22 September 1930, aged 61.