Lot 35: William Kay Blacklock - Hemingford Abbots - print
November 17, 2012
St. Ives, United KingdomLive Auction
William Kay Blacklock (British, 1872-1924)
Cross Keys, Hemingford Abbots
h:36.50 w:54.50 cm
Other Notes: William Kirkbride Backlock was born in Bishopwearmouth, Sunderland and later adopted the name "Kay", which may have been to avoid confusion with his father also named William. He studied at School of Art in Edinburgh, then Royal College of Art, London. Later he taught at Edinburgh College of Art and became Pricipal. William Kay Blacklock was an artist based around Houghton and the surrounding area with his wife Nellie, also an artist, at the start of the First World War. Many of his oil paintings of children playing in water meadows appear to have been painted in Houghton, where he lodged with a Miss Bell form c 1900.
He married Ellen (Nellie) Eliza RIcharson in Chelsea in 1909. She was a atercolour flower painter. After London they lived in Walberwwick, then c 1915 moved to Houghton and then to 'Sunnymede', Hemingford Abbots. In the early 1920s they left the area, moving temporarily to Leister - then to the south west where he died in Liskeard and was buried Polperro August 11 1924 aged 53.